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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Nov 21, 1979

Season 1
Episode 9

Benson, Governor Gatling's butler and general factotum, is busy on all fronts when the great "news leak" mystery breaks. Benson is tutoring Katie, the governor's charming if academically hopeless daughter, in American history. He's battling with grouchy housekeeper Gretchen Kraus, who threatens his life if he touches her thermostat setting. Then the governor's secretary, Marcy, and his assistant, Taylor, appear in the kitchen to wring their hands over the newest crisis. There's no way that they can conceal from the governor that his remarks made privately about Senator Englehart have been published in the lead story of the day. The governor is quoted as saying that a bird with Englehart's brain would fly backwards, and this jeopardizes the governor's pending insurance reform bill because the senator's vote is crucial. Taylor behaves officiously, while the governor is saddened at the thought of having to fire the person responsible for the leak. Suspicion falls at first on Marcy, who has dated a reporter, then on Benson as the most recent employee. Then Kraus is under fire because someone phones her from the newspaper. She claims she's advertising for stud service for her dogs, but when Taylor goads her, she quits. Benson mollifies her by promising to get at the truth. Next it looks as though Taylor is the culprit, but an anonymous note proclaims him innocent. With that note as a clue, Benson unmasks the real source of the leak - Katie -- who was boasting to her schoolmates about her father's wit. She gets a spanking. Taylor wants to castigate the child publicly, but the governor will not allow it. It turns out that Englehart just laughs the incident off. Kraus is grateful to Benson. But, as she points out, this does not mean that they are friends. Benson agrees. © 1979 Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. All Rights Reserved.
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