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The Anna Show is the first cutscene in Saints Row 2.
The cutscene is a series of television shows. The majority of the this cutscene shows a special on "The Anna Show" called "The problem with poor people", which is interspersed with scenes of other programs on different channels.
The television is ostensibly being watched by a guard at the Stilwater Penitentiary. At the end of this cutscene, the television is turned off, and the first scene of the next cutscene, Vacation's Over, shows the guard turning off the television.
While this cutscene appears to be a scripted in-engine cutscene the same as all other cutscenes in the game, it is in fact a saved video file, as the game engine is not yet loaded at the title screen.
A TV turns on, tuning into The Anna Show. The number "18" appears as an OSD number, this is local to the television set and is not indicative of the network which broadcasts the Anna Show. The radio advertisement for The Anna Show reveals that it is normally broadcast on Channel 6.
- Anna is seated on a chair to the right of a table, while Dane Vogel is seated on a couch to the left.Anna: "Hi, and welcome to the show. Joining me today is a man who's done some wonderful things for our community. Please give a warm welcome to Mr. Dane Vogel."The audience Applauds, and Vogel waves to them.Vogel: "Thanks for having me Ann.[sic] "
Anna: "Now Dane, a lot of liberals out there..."The audience boos, and Anna waves to shush them.Anna: "A lot of liberals out there have been saying that corporation's[sic] like Ultor are part of the problem...that they're destroying America with their attitude of "To hell with the community, the bottom line is all that matters.""
Vogel: "You know, I'm glad you brought that up. I have some pictures that I'd like to show your audience if you don't mind..."A picture of the Saints Row Church is shown, as it appeared in Saints Row, eliciting gasps from the audience.Vogel: "Now what you're seeing here are pictures of Saints Row[sic] a few short years ago..."
Anna: "Parents, you might want to your tell your kids to leave the room...there will be minorities in these photos."
Vogel: "Like I was saying, in the past this district was filled with gangs, hookers, and drugs...now Alderman Hughes..."
Anna: "A great man who was taken from us far too soon..."
Vogel: "Hughes had a vision for Saints Row.[sic] He wanted to pull the district from the depths of depravity into a brighter future. Now we at Ultor couldn't agree more...that's why we spent considerable resources turning this...into this."The shot of the old church appears again. An iris effect involving the Ultor sun logo transforms the picture into the renovated church in Saints Row 2.Oohs and applause from the audience, as more shots of the renovated Saint's Row district are shown.Vogel: "Crackhouses to corporate parks, pimps and hos to cops on patrol!"
Anna: "Amazing. Just amazing, l...I think we all owe Ultor another round of applause."The Audience claps, and Vogel waves to them again.At this point, the television cycles through the other channels before returning to Channel 18.When the TV changes back to Channel 18, the Anna Show is returning from an ad break.Anna: "Now some misguided people would say that by turning Saints Row[sic] into a glass and steel utopia all you've accomplished was the displacement of low-income families...which, ya know, to me sounds like an added bonus."The audience laughs.Vogel: "Well, I don't know about it being a bonus, but it's like my father said, if you're gonna build an ivory tower, you're gonna have to kill a few elephants."
Two newscasters are debating on WTF17. The Subject is "Gangster Chief of Police: Cop or Criminal?" Two pictures show Troy Bradshaw, the one on the left as the Chief of Police, and the one on the right as his appearance in Saints Row.
- Left Newscaster: "The man's a hero..."
Right Newscaster: "I'm not saying that he's not, I'm saying that a man who ran with a gang..."
Left Newscaster: "He was undercover!"
Right Newscaster: "He was in the Saints for a long time...is it really that hard to believe that people have problems with him being announced Chief of Police?"
Left Newscaster: "He's responsible for sending the Saints behind bars."
Right Newscaster: "And now 3 new gangs have taken their place..."
Left Newscaster: "You telling me you want Johnny Gat back on the street?"
A man dressed in a dollar sign jacket seems to be announcing a "free money" program. "CALL NOW! #2274666399" appears at the bottom of the screen.
- ...and the ones who know about the programs are the ones who get the money!
- — Crazy Salesman
- This is the "Give Cash" cheat, which gives $1,000. #2274666399 translates to #cashmoneyz
News13 Stilwater is showing footage of Maero and a Brotherhood of Stilwater member holding up a store in the Barrio District called Lecturas Psiquicas. After punching out and shooting the store owners, respectively, they jump into a Compensator truck and drive off, knocking over the News13 Camera (and presumably running over the cameraman.)
- This footage was taken last night as the Brotherhood went on another looting spree, this time focusing their wrath on the recovering community of Ezpata. People watched in horror as the crazed individual known as Maero led his men on a violent night of chaos. With no end in sight to the gang epidemic, one has to ask, what are the police doing?
- — Newscaster
The end of an Ultor Commercial is playing.
- Ultor: A brighter future, and a better life.
- — Ultor Announcer
Stilwater University Network shows a student reporter holding a Channel 6 microphone standing next to the River where Richard Hughes' yacht exploded. The camera drifts to the right to focus on the water, but the reporter waves the camera back to focus on her.
- Years ago, these serene waters were shaken as mayor-elect Richard Hughes' yacht was destroyed by a tremendous explosion, in what was at the time, the 2nd assassination of a major public figure...
- — Reporter
- Jane: "Stilwater University...a place of learning? Or a state funded opium den?"
Jane: "These kids are smoking "Loa Dust", a popular designer drug that is sweeping across the city courtesy of a street gang known as The Sons of Samedi. I hit the campus to get some of the students take on this dangerous epidemic."The scene cuts to Jane Valderamma, who is interviewing Veteran Child.Jane: "As a student here, what are your thoughts on the drug problem facing this campus?"
Veteran Child: "Oh, I'm not a student here, I just come here for pussy..."
!rto Network is showing a dramatization of The Ronin's arrival at Stilwater. A citizen is buying a hot dog.
- Announcer: "It was a warm spring day, when Shogo Akuji and his Ronin announced their presence to Stilwater..."Shogo Akuji is seated on his Prototype Kaneda, as he takes off, drawing his sword and heading straight for the man with the hot dog.Announcer: "One swing, was all it took..."The image freezes with Shogo's blade at the neck of the man with the hot dog.
- This cutscene cannot be watched in-game with a Television, and cannot be watched with subtitles, although they are defined in the game files.
- WTF is a acronym for "What The Fuck"
- In the Veteran Child interview by Jane, the word "Pussy" is bleeped out in the audio, due to the fact it is supposed to be a TV interview (although they do not censor the word "pussy" on television) but is uncensored in the subtitles.
- A looped animation of channel 17's debate show can often be found in TV monitors in both Saints Row: The Third (eg, in Kinzie's Warehouse) and Saints Row 4.
- The Compensator that Maero and the Brotherhood member drive away in is the same one that is used to drag Carlos in Red Asphalt, as it has the same unique fender/hitch and decals.