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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Sep 13, 1979

Season 1
Episode 1

As a favor to his employer Jessica Tate, Benson the butler agrees to help her cousin, the newly elected Governor Gatling, settle into the governor's mansion. When Benson arrives at the mansion, he is roughly searched by guards, set upon by vicious Dobermans, caught in the lawn sprinklers and insulted by Gretchen Kraus the belligerent head housekeeper. Finally, he makes his way to Gatling's office, where secretary Marcy Hill welcomes him. She asks that Benson make himself at home and then try to organize the confusion. Benson meets Gatling's precocious ten-year-old daughter, Katie, who informs him that her father is a murderer. It seems that beaver dams have flooded a highway that is vital to a new industrial development, and the governor sees no alternative but to ship the beavers to another state. Katie is upset because many will not survive this ordeal. During the course of getting acquainted, Benson learns from Taylor, the governor's aide, that part of his job is not to bother the governor. Benson fights with Gretchen about leftovers, and she threatens his life. And the governor, over midnight milk and cookies, tells Benson the story of his "accidental" election, confiding his feelings of inadequacy and fear. When Katie decides to run away to Oregon with the beavers, Benson takes action. He researches the beaver situation and bluffs his way into a press conference to present the "governor's" solution -- an ingenious plan that will allow the beavers and the industrial plant to peacefully co-exist. Gratefully, the governor asks Benson to stay with them, and Benson agrees to try. © 1979 Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. All Rights Reserved.
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