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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Jan 3, 1980

Season 1
Episode 14

Powerful businessman Howard Walker is considering moving his factories into Gov. Gatling's state. When he and his wife, Carol, visits the very interested governor at his mansion, Carol rushes into the open arms of Benson, Gatling's director of household affairs. It seems Benson and Carol had dated before Carol met Howard. Bored with her husband's business plans, Carol suggests that she meet Benson for lunch the next day. At the restaurant, Benson learns that Carol is unhappy with her marriage. She is certain that her husband's business is more important to him than she is. The next morning, Benson is shocked when Gatling's aide, Taylor, announces that the industrial deal has fallen through because Mr. Walker's wife is leaving him for Benson. The accused man vehemently denies the charges, but the common knowledge of his earlier involvement with Carol adds to his credibility problem. In an attempt to settle the matter, Benson goes to the Walker's hotel suite. He learns that in order to make her husband jealous, Carol told him that she and Benson had rekindled their affair. When Walker arrives unexpectedly, Benson hides on the window ledge. Walker is planning on leaving immediately...without Carol. Then Gatling and Taylor arrive. They hope to settle the matter and free Benson of suspicion, but Benson's presence on the ledge complicates their task. They do manage to sneak Benson back into the room before departing. Benson hides in a closet, awaiting Walker's departure. However, not one to stand by idly as two lives fall apart, Benson reveals himself to explain the situation to Walker. He says he cannot bear to see two people who obviously love each other separate after 20 years because they could not talk for five short minutes. Once Walker learns why Carol concocted the story about her and Benson, a tragic separation is prevented and the couple reunited. © 1980 Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions. All Rights Reserved.
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