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Have you seen her? The redhead of my dreams?— Jack

Young Hearts is a side quest in Fallout: New Vegas.

Quick walkthrough

Side Quest: Young Hearts
Talk to Jack at the Nellis hangars. (requires a [35] Speech check, Confirmed Bachelor perk or the Black Widow perk)
Travel to the Crimson Caravan.
Talk to Janet.
Lie to her.
Travel back to the Nellis Air Force Base and talk to Pearl.
Quest Failed
Negative Karma
Talk to Jack again.
Return to the Crimson Caravan and ask Janet to put on the Boomers' outfit.
Talk to Alice McLafferty for Janet. (Requires [75] Speech or [65] Barter)
Talk to Janet.
Return back to the Nellis Air Force Base and talk to Janet or Jack.
Reward: 300 XP
Boomers fame
10mm SMG -OR- 470 caps

Detailed walkthrough

At the Nellis Air Force Base, a man named Jack can be spoken to, and with a successful 35 Speech check, the Confirmed Bachelor perk, or Black Widow perk, Jack reveals that he is in love with a girl named Janet, a Crimson Caravan employee he has never actually met. The Courier can agree to speak to Janet at her place of work, which is east of both Freeside gates. Speaking to her reveals that she has seen Jack from afar and that she is interested in him. With the Black Widow perk, there is an option to make her jealous and want to rush over, while with the Lady Killer perk, she will admit that she's dying to meet Jack. The Courier can tell her that they'll ask Pearl for permission.

To get Janet into Nellis, when speaking to Pearl, a successful Speech check of 50 garners Janet "a free pass to enter." Failing the check, the Courier must first complete the quest Ant Misbehavin' in order to be able to convince Pearl.

Return to Jack at the hangar, and he'll hand over Janet's Boomer outfit, and ask to have it delivered to her. Return to Crimson Caravan and give Janet the Boomer outfit, in which she will then ask for the Courier to speak with her boss, Alice McLafferty, about releasing Janet from her work contract. Alice agrees to let Janet go, but she forfeits her wages as a penalty for breaking the contract; however, with a skill check of Barter 65 or Speech 75, Alice can be convinced to pay Janet what she owes while also letting her out of her contract. Return to Janet to give her the good news, and she will immediately leave for Nellis, in which Jack will need to be spoken to again to conclude the quest, and receive a reward of 300 XP.

Quest stages

5 Find Jack's love interest.
10 Ask Pearl for permission for Janet to enter Nellis.
20 Tell Jack that Janet is interested in him.
30 Take the Boomer Outfit to Janet.
40 Speak to Alice McLafferty on behalf of Janet.
50 Let Janet know McLafferty agreed to pay her.
55 Let Janet know McLafferty won't be paying her.
70 Meet Janet back at Nellis.
80Quest finishedReturn to Jack.


  • If the Courier previously killed Alice during Heartache by the Number, Janet will remark on her former employer being deceased, thus negating her contract with the company.
  • Janet can be lied to with a successful 55 Speech check, telling her that she is expected at the base and that it's safe to go to Jack before arranging for her to do so safely. Doing so will fail the quest, earning negative Karma and resulting in Janet's death as she attempts to approach Nellis. Failing the check results in her knowing that she is being lied to, asking if they are trying to get her killed, and will also fail the quest.
    • If Janet was killed by the bombardment, Jack can always be found sleeping at the Nellis workshop afterward. When talked to, he will be furious and ask why the Courier did not stop her. After being lied to with a 35 Speech check that she risked everything for him, he will "Curse the walls of Nellis" and go back to sleep. If the check was failed or respond its not the player character's fault she's dead, he will refuse to speak with the Courier.


  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, when talking to Janet, the game freezes. [verified]
  • PCPC If the quest was failed by getting Janet killed trying to enter Nellis, the dialogue for Jack being upset over it will never trigger. He will always be sleeping at the Nellis Workshop and his default dialogue will still show.[verification overdue]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If accepting this quest but don't work on it, but in the meantime complete the quest Volare!, and talk to Janet for this quest, it is possible to return to Nellis and not be able to find Jack, but have a quest marker pointing to a spot in the hangar with the new B-29 bomber. Jack is actually 'stuck' in the old hangar with the broken B-29 pieces, and can only be reached by using player.moveto 000ff268. After moving to him, one can follow him outside of the hangar. He will then re-enter into the new hangar. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If this quest is accepted and continue with Boomer missions, but do not follow up on this unmarked quest, Janet will not appear. Jack nor McLafferty will no longer have the dialogues to support the quest. The quest will appear closed but unchecked in the Pip Boy menu. This is as of the latest patch 12-10. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Sometimes after initiating this quest and fast traveling out of Nellis AFB, Jack (and Loyal) will completely disappear and one will be unable to complete the quest without the use of console commands. Try player.moveto 000ff268 to move to Jack's location, which will respawn him and Loyal. [verified]
  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 After speaking with Alice about releasing Janet's contract, Janet will begin to run towards Nellis AFB, where the quest directs to speak with Jack again. If fast traveling to Nellis AFB to speak with Jack, he will not be there. Or if one waits for Janet to reach Jack after fast traveling, he will not be in the hangar. Check the quest and have it show the location; the marker will be southeast or northwest of HELIOS One. It seems they are teleported to a coordinate based on a moving algorithm. Head to this area, and the Courier will find Jack and Janet talking. One can speak to Jack and complete the quest, even though they are not at the base. Be prepared to defend Jack from any nearby hostiles, which he will attack and or flee from. In either case the player character will not be able to speak with him and end the quest, or if he dies one will not be able to end the quest. After completion they will begin walking towards Nellis AFB or they will be stuck inside a Cactus, but it's unknown if they survive the walk. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 After speaking with Alice about releasing Janet's contract, Janet will begin to run towards Nellis AFB, where the quest directs to speak with Jack again. If fast traveling to Nellis AFB to speak with Jack, he will not be there. Instead, both he and Janet will move to a hill near Black Mountain and HELIOS One. The hill that they stand on is entirely out of reach of the player, and they will be unable to complete the quest without the use of console commands. It is still possible to end the quest by shooting them from a distance, but impossible to complete successfully. [verified]
  • PCPC If the above situation happens and they are at Black Mountain, thus inaccessible. They were up near the satellite dishes and using player.moveto 000ff268 then was able to complete it. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If the Courier starts this quest then finish Volare!, Jack and Loyal will not be at Nellis AFB after talking with Pearl. The map marker will point to Black Mountain near one of the satellite dishes. When traveling with Cass, she ran into the rock face at this spot as well and had to fast travel away before she reappeared. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes, after giving the Boomer outfit to Janet, and she starts running towards Nellis, if fast traveling to Nellis AFB, the Courier will arrive before Janet does, and Janet will die before reaching the Courier. It turns out that Janet meets a physics glitch when running through a ruined building and is launched up into the sky, then is killed when she lands. This can be avoided by standing on the spot that causes Janet to glitch, forcing her to move around the player character. [verified]
  • Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 If the player character has obtained Cass as companion, and done Cass´s Heartache by the Number quest the hard way (killed Van Graff and McLafferty) Jack might not be at Nellis AFB at all. [verified]
  • PCPC Sometimes the boomer outfit is not added to the inventory. This completes Jack's quest requirements, however, this leaves only two options, lie (negative Karma) or end conversation. This can be fixed in the console by the player.additem 00107AF3 1. [verified]
  • Xbox 360Xbox 360 If fast traveling to Nellis AFB after speaking to Alice McLafferty about the contract, Janet will be stuck hovering over the railroad tracks outside of Nellis. She acknowledges the player character, however one cannot initiate conversation with her. This can be fixed by fast travelling again to the Nellis hangars (at which point, the portion of the quest regarding meeting her there will be completed. The Courier can then speak to Jack in the Hangars and successfully complete the quest). Or save and restart the entire game then, after reloading, Janet will be with Jack.[verified]
Main quests
Act 1Ain't That a Kick in the Head · Back in the Saddle · By a Campfire on the Trail · They Went That-a-Way · Ring-a-Ding-Ding!
Act 2Wild Card (Wild Card: Ace in the Hole, Change in Management, You and What Army?, Side Bets, Finishing Touches) · The House Always Wins (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII) · Render Unto Caesar · Et Tumor, Brute? · Things That Go Boom · Kings' Gambit · For the Republic, Part 2 · You'll Know It When It Happens/Arizona Killer
Act 3No Gods, No Masters · All or Nothing · Veni, Vidi, Vici · Eureka!
Side quests
New California RepublicAnywhere I Wander · Back in Your Own Backyard · Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues · Boulder City Showdown · Can You Find it in Your Heart? · Climb Ev'ry Mountain · Don't Tread on the Bear! · Emergency Radio · Eye for an Eye · Flags of Our Foul-Ups · Hard Luck Blues · I Don't Hurt Anymore · I Put a Spell on You · Keep Your Eyes on the Prize · Medical Mystery · No, Not Much · Pressing Matters · Restoring Hope · Return to Sender · That Lucky Old Sun · The White Wash · There Stands the Grass · Three-Card Bounty · We Will All Go Together · You Can Depend on Me
Caesar's LegionBeware the Wrath of Caesar! · Caesar's Favor · Caesar's Foe · Caesar's Hire · Cold, Cold Heart · I Hear You Knocking · The Finger of Suspicion · We Are Legion
The StripBeyond the Beef · Bye Bye Love · Classic Inspiration · How Little We Know · Pheeble Will · Talent Pool · The House Has Gone Bust! · The Moon Comes Over the Tower
Freeside & Outer VegasBirds of a Feather · Bleed Me Dry · Debt Collector · G.I. Blues · High Times · Someone to Watch Over Me · The Coyotes · Wang Dang Atomic Tango
BoomersAnt Misbehavin' · Sunshine Boogie · Volare! · Young Hearts
Great KhansAba Daba Honeymoon · Cry Me a River · Don't Make a Beggar of Me · Oh My Papa
Powder GangBooted · I Fought the Law · Run Goodsprings Run · Why Can't We Be Friends?
Brotherhood of SteelEyesight to the Blind · Still in the Dark · Tend to Your Business
OtherCome Fly With Me · Crazy, Crazy, Crazy · Ghost Town Gunfight · Guess Who I Saw Today · Left My Heart · My Kind of Town · The Legend of the Star and A Valuable Lesson · Unfriendly Persuasion · Wheel of Fortune
Companion questsED-E My Love · For Auld Lang Syne · Heartache by the Number · I Could Make You Care · I Forgot to Remember to Forget · Nothin' But a Hound Dog · One for My Baby
Unmarked questsA Bit of Slap and Tickle · A Final Plan for Esteban · Access Powers · All Fired Up! · An Ear to the Ground · Andy and Charlie · Arachnophobia · Arizona Scavenger · Barton the Fink · Bear Necessities · Big Winner (Atomic Wrangler, The Gomorrah, The Tops, Ultra-Luxe, Vikki & Vance) · Bounty Killer (I, II) · Brotherhood Bond (I, II) · Caching in at the Cove · Cajoling a Cudgel · Claws Mended · Claws Out · Dealing with Contreras · Defacing the Humble Stone · Democracy Inaction · Don't Poke at the Bear! · Eddie's Emissary · Exhumin' Nature · Fight Night · Flogging a Dead Corpse · Friend of the Followers · Gland for Some Home Cooking · Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger · Hat's Entertainment · Help for Halford · Hidden Valley computer virus · Highway to the Danger Zone (I, II) · Honorary Rocketeer · I Love Bananas · Iron and Stealing · Keith's Caravan Charade · Laurifer Gladiator · Lenk's Bad Debts · Lily and Leo · Long-Term Care · Malleable Mini Boomer Minds · Maud's Muggers · Meeting an Equal · Missing a Few Missiles · Most Wanted · Not Worth a Hill of Corn and Beans · Old School Ghoul · A Pair of Dead Desperados (I, II) · Papers, Please · Pistol Packing · Playing on the Old Joana · Poor Meat Never Makes Good Soup · Powder to the People · Power to the People · Razzle Dazzle! · Reach for the Sky, Mister! · Rest and Resupply · Ringo's Caravan Rules · Rotface's Loose Lips · Saving (or Savaging) Sergeant Teddy · The Screams of Brahmin · Silus Treatment · Short-Term Treatment · Smooth-Talking Criminal · The Star Showdown · Strategic Nuclear Moose · Straus Calls · Strip Search · Suits You, Sarah · Tags of Our Fallen · A Team of Moronic Mercenaries · Thought for the Day · Tourist Traipse · Trudy's Radio Repair · A Trusted Aide · Useless Baubles or Fancy Trinkets? · We Must Stop Beating Like This · We Must Stop Meeting Like This · Wind-Brahmin Wrangler · You Gotta Break Out a Few Eggs · You Make Me Feel Like a Woman
Add-on quests
Dead MoneySierra Madre Grand Opening! · Find Collars (8: "Dog", 12: Christine, 14: Dean Domino) · Fires in the Sky · Strike Up the Band · Mixed Signals · Trigger the Gala Event · Put the Beast Down · Last Luxuries · Curtain Call at the Tampico · Heist of the Centuries · Big Winner, Sierra Madre
Honest HeartsA Family Affair · Arrival at Zion · Bighorners of the Eastern Virgin · Chaos in Zion · Civilized Man's Burden · Crush the White Legs · Deliverer of Sorrows  · Departing Paradise · Flight from Zion · Gathering Storms · Gone Fishin' · Happy Trails Expedition · Prisoners of War · Retake the Bridge · River Monsters · Rite of Passage · Roadside Attraction · Sanctity of the Dead · The Advance Scouts  · The Treacherous Road · The Grand Staircase · Tourist Trap
Old World BluesAll My Friends Have Off Switches · A Brain's Best Friend · Coming Out of Her Shell · Field Research · He Came... And Went · Influencing People · Midnight Science Fiction Feature! · Old World Blues · On the Same Wavelength · Picking Your Brains · Project X-13 · Sonic Emitter Upgrade · Welcome to the Big Empty · What's in a Name? · When Visitors Attack! · X-2: Strange Transmissions! · X-8 Data Retrieval Test · X-8: High School Horror! · X-13: Attack of the Infiltrator!
Lonesome RoadThe Reunion · The Silo · The Job · The Launch · The Tunnelers · The Divide · The Courier · The End · The Apocalypse