Powerful interests are behind a state highway appropriation bill, which Governor Gatling plans to veto as a gross waste of taxpayers' money. To do this may be political suicide. The governor has the misfortune to get a middle ear infection, which disorients him so that he staggers like a drunk. Benson, his butler, manipulates him into seeing a doctor, who doses his patient into a medicated state of inebriety. Unscrupulous and ambitious Lt. Gov. Ed Sherman seizes control under a constitutional provision and begins to seek support to replace the governor in the next election. His first move will be to sign the highway bill -- if he can find it, for Benson has hidden it. With the governor confined to quarters lest he collide with the furniture, Sherman begins to act like a tyrant. He's dumb and insensitive, and gentle Marcy, the governor's secretary, has to be talked out of quitting. Even Taylor, whose only concern would appear to be politics and who has been in favor of the highway bill, wants no part of Sherman. Sherman is addicted to polls, so Benson organizes a conspiracy among the staff, even enlisting the aid of Kraus, the cook. The object is to gather a sampling of opinion on the controversial bill. The job must be done overnight, since Sherman plans to make news by a public signing the next day. Due to mishaps, Kraus winds up in a paddy wagon, polling a haul of hookers, and Taylor is attacked by hostile truckers. But Benson's ploy works, and Sherman vetoes the bill. Now he, and not the governor, must suffer the political consequences. The governor is still dizzy, but getting better. His daughter, Katie, makes a lethal health drink in the blender, and a single glassful immobilizes Kraus. © 1980 Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. All Rights Reserved.