Benson is more than an assistant to the Governor, he is a political guide and trusted friend. Though he clashes with Gretchen, the stern housekeeper and aides Clayton and Taylor. Benson's wit eventually allows him to form a strong bond with the governor's daughter, Katie, who looks to him as a second father. His intelligence and flourishing relationship with the governor result in several promotions, and, eventually an appointment as lieutenant governor. Laughter cuts through the red tape on Benson.
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Oct 24, 1979

Season 1
Episode 6

The Governor made a campaign promise to cut spending, and Benson, the butler, tries to do his part. He has a staff meeting in the kitchen aimed at eliminating overtime, but no one takes him very seriously, particularly sweet Miss Ellie, 75, pastry chef and cookie purveyor to Katie, the Governor's daughter. But this is only a small beginning. Taylor, the Governor's aide, seems to relish the meeting where Benson is told that he must fire 20% of the mansion's staff. Benson squirms as he goes over the list. There's Thelma Nagle, the seamstress, but she's supporting three kids and an invalid sister. Then there's Hap Haggarty, whose sole duties are turning the sprinklers on and off, but he is also the state's most decorated war veteran. And there's Walter Whidley who is paid for doing nothing at all. Finally, there is Miss Ellie. How would it look for a supposedly economy minded chief executive to retain his pastry chef? Benson gets rid of Whidley and finds jobs for Nagle and Haggarty, but he cannot bring himself to fire Miss Ellie. However, the Governor has set a painful example by firing some 6,000 public employees, so Benson has to break the news to the old lady, who regards the mansion folks as her family. Even Taylor considers Benson heartless, but the last straw is when Katie calls him a "mean person." The Governor lectures Katie for being cruel to Benson, her friend. Benson somehow finds a job for Miss Ellie, but her boyfriend makes her quit. Still she has taken on volunteer work with old people and finds time to hand?make gifts for her friends at the mansion. Katie forgives Benson, but the feud between Benson and Kraus has new fuel. © 1979 Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. All Rights Reserved.
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