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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Mar 6, 1980

Season 1
Episode 20

A conference of the nation's governors is about to converge on Gov. Gatling's mansion when Gatling brings what he considers great news to the staff. His father is also coming for a visit. For Benson, the director of household affairs, one more guest added to the three hundred already expected is no major inconvenience. That picture changes when Gibson Gatling arrives. Gatling Senior is irascible and domineering. The Governor admires his father and ignores the old man's faults, but Benson tangles with Gibson at once. The conference is less than perfect. Registration reveals more governors than there are states, obviously there are some imposters to track down. And the logistics of seating and feeding this mob are straining the already tenuous relationship between Benson and Kraus, the cook. Kraus flares with indignation when old Gatling chases her through the halls in his motorized wheelchair. Indeed, the Governor's father pays lecherous attention to any lady unfortunate enough to cross his path and is openly contemptuous toward his son, even though the Governor respects and cares for his father. The relationship between the Governor's daughter, Katie, and her grandpa is quite a different story. She adores the oldster and he indulges her shamelessly. Gibson insults everyone on the staff without exception. Benson tries to talk to the Governor about all this, but Gatling just laughs and asks his father to stay on indefinitely. The conflict peaks when Gibson wheels in on a press conference. His disrespect for the Governor threatens to turn the press meet into a political disaster, so Benson forcibly wheels the old man out again. Then, Benson gives Gibson a good scolding. In a touching scene, Gibson confesses to his son that he is proud of him and loves him. And afterward, Gibson even apologizes to Benson. © 1980 Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. All Rights Reserved.
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