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Butler Benson DuBois is the smartest (and possibly only sane) member of widowed Gov. Eugene Gatling's household staff. Benson always manages to keep his head, no matter what the staffers or the governor's family members throw at him. He begins his post on loan from his employer, Jessica Tate (Katherine Helmond) on the show ``Soap,'' but soon wins a permanent place in the governor's staff and heart. His cool head and keen intellect are a perfect complement for the constant craziness that surrounds Gov. Gatling and his entourage.

Sep 13, 1979
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S01, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 1, 1979)
The staff must cope with cold, hunger and a woman in labor when they are stranded in a blizzard.


S01, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 8, 1979)
Jessica Tate visits her cousin, the governor, and manages to become embroiled in scandal.

Don't Quote Me

S01, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 22, 1979)
When a news leak develops in the governor's household, Benson searches for the culprit.

War Stories

S01, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1979)
Benson is delighted when Marcy falls for his old war buddy -- until he learns his friend's secret.

Ghost Story

S01, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 6, 1979)
A series of strange incidents seem to be the work of the ghost of a murdered former governor.

Taylor's Bid

S01, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1979)
After Taylor's disastrous attempt for political office, he blames Benson for his defeat.

One Strike, You're Out

S01, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 29, 1979)
When Kraus leads a strike of mansion workers, Benson tries to do all their jobs.

Just Friends

S01, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 3, 1980)
Benson meets an old flame, now married, and the results are nearly disastrous.

Chain of Command

S01, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1980)
With the governor incapacitated, Benson works to outwit an unscrupulous lieutenant governor.

Bugging the Governor

S01, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 24, 1980)
Benson concocts a wild scheme to trap the person who bugged the governor's mansion.