Dead Blue has a Shadow is the first episode of Family Blue. It was written by Overpaid Government Operative.


As Tex prepares dinner, Lopez puts the final touches on his mind-control device, only to be taken away from him by Tex, who won't allow 'toys' at the table.

Later, Church asks Tex for permission to attend an upcoming stag party. After he promises he won't drink, Tex lets him go. Unfortunately, Church does not need Tex's advice and plays such drinking games as "Drink the beer". He goes to work the next day with a hangover, and falls asleep on the job as a saftey inspector in a toy factory. Church misses such things as a butcher knife, surge protector, gasoline can, razor blades, a porcupine, toaster with forks inside and plug in water. The company recieves bad press after releasing unsafe toy products, and Church is promptly fired.

At dinner, he breaks the news to his friends, but decides to keep it from Tex. Church tries different jobs, such as cereal mascot and sneeze guard but fails miserably. Tucker pressures him to tell her the truth, but all he manages to do is to tell Tex how fat she is. Tucker insists that Church must took out for his friends welfare.

With the word "welfare" in his mind, Church soon applies for a government assistance at a welfare office. But a processing error creates a weekly check for $150,000. Telling Tex he received a big raise, Church spends his money on many foolish things. Church rents the Statue of David, treats Sister to cosmetic surgery and even goes so far to surround his house with a moat to protect them from the black knight.

Unfortunatley, Tex is given the welfare check by the mail lady and storms at Church. Church decides to return the money to the taxpayers by dumping it from a blimp during Super Bowl XXXIII, and Tucker accompanies him. They end up in prison.

Eventually, Tex recieves the bad news and goes to court, where the judge sentences Church to 24 months in prison. Tex tries to explain he's not bad and she loves him, and insists that no matter what, she will always stand by her friend. The judge agrees, and sends her to jail with him. Lopez, being a kid, must have his frenemies by his side, regardless his burning hate for them. He then whips out his mind control device and forces the judge into letting his frenemie go free and get his job back. happy, Lopez sits down and looks at the smiling Church.

Church states that he has learned his lesson and will never do it again. Then he whispers to Lopez: you mind want to hide that thing before Tex finds it and Lopez shakes his head. And instead he is going to try for such things as a minority scholarship, happual harassment suit, and a disability claim.

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