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Joseph Shaw 2006
Joseph Shaw
Portrayed by Kenneth Johnson
First Appearance Joseph
Last Appearance Saving Sammy
Status Alive

Joseph Shaw was a counselor who worked with teen addicts in 2005. When an attempt was made on his life after witnessing a murder, Joseph went into hiding after faking his death until he was found by Detective Lilly Rush a year later, at which point the two began a brief relationship. But when Lilly's ex-boyfriend, Ray Williams, came back in her life, Joseph knew something was up, and upon realizing Lilly still had feelings for Ray, he finally left her.


Joseph was raised by a foster mother, Reba Dautry. Reba was a neglectful mother, however, and the two did not get along. Joseph did become close to Reba's son, Wilder Dautry, however. The two would eventually become heroin addicts, and Joseph would spend a few months in jail, but would eventually get clean. Wilder, on the other hand, would remain an addict and build up a long list of petty charges, despite Joseph's efforts to help him.

By 2005, the 38-yea- old Joseph would eventually get a job at Robinson House, a rehab clinic for teenage addicts, where he would come to be greatly respected for his work. Robinson House would become Joseph's life. Rather than seeing the troubled teens as just a file, Joseph would often say it was important to see the lives behind the file.


Lily Rush[]

They met in Joseph when he was hiding out after someone tried to kill him. He admitted that he would see the troubled teens he worked with as more than just a file, but the lives behind the file, similarly to how Lily feels about her cases. Because of this, she lied to her captain and partner, resulting in her boss being angry with her.

After he is no longer a fugitive, they began seeing each other as of Rampage. In Sandhogs, he told Lily that he loved her and later in the same episode, she told him that she loved him.

In Saving Sammy, he broke up with Lilly after realizing that she still had feelings for Ray Williams, despite her protests to the contrary.


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