Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot13 September 1979
Benson arrives to help the Governor with his transition to the mansion, meanwhile he helps prevent the deportation of beavers from the state that would inhibit the building of a multi-billion dollar industry.
Season 1, Episode 2: Trust Me20 September 1979
Katie is forbidden from attending a KISS concert which she attends by deceit.
27 September 1979
Benson stands in for the poisoned president of a newly formed African nation, meanwhile a fourth assassin comes looking for him.
4 October 1979
Benson falls in love with, and later proposes to, a senator who isn't too keen on the idea of being married.
18 October 1979
The governor must decide between attending a political hearing, or attending his daughter's school play. He had promised Katie he would be there to see her on the stage.
Season 1, Episode 6: The Layoff25 October 1979
Benson has to layoff some of the staff and among the ones he has on the block is the kindly pastry chef.
Season 1, Episode 7: Snowbound1 November 1979
The governor and his staff go on a retreat to a cabin in the mountains. They get trapped in the cabin by a snow storm and emotions run rough.
Season 1, Episode 8: Jessica8 November 1979
While a Baron visits the state and has meetings with the governor, he meets Jessica Tate. The two start an affair, and the Baron is later found dead in his hotel room.
22 November 1979
Problems arise for the governor when a Senator friend of his is connected to a scandal and the information is released to the media.
29 November 1979
Marcy starts dating an army friend of Benson's, not knowing that he is married.
6 December 1979
Now that the governor, his family and staff are settled in the mansion, strange things begin to happen that cannot be explained. Stores surface about a 19th century governor who was murdered in office, and his ghost is haunting the mansion.
13 December 1979
Taylor runs for public office.
27 December 1979
A dinner party at the governor's home is at risk of chaos when the domestic staff goes on strike.
3 January 1980
The governor tries to convince a business owner to move his operation into the state so that more jobs are available. When Benson meets the business man and his wife, he is uncomfortable because he used to date the wife when she was single.
10 January 1980
The lieutenant governor takes over the governor's office for a few days when Governor Gatling is sick. Ed Sherman tries to get a bill passed into law, knowing that the governor opposes the bill.
24 January 1980
Benson finds out that the governor's mansion is bugged. Someone is trying to find information that will harm the governor.
31 January 1980
Kraus has a crush on the butcher.
Season 1, Episode 18: Checkmate7 February 1980
An eleven-year-old prodigy in chess visits the governor's mansion. The young Russian is tired of being show-cased everywhere, so he asks Katie to hide him from his caregivers. When he is missed, the Soviets threaten war.
28 February 1980
Kraus asks Benson to help her get some items from the basement. The door locks behind them and they are trapped in the basement together.
6 March 1980
The Governor's father visits, and is not hesitant to share his opinions on everything.
Season 1, Episode 21: Power Play20 March 1980
An environmentalist visits the governor's mansion in protest of the waste that is being allowed in the state. He refuses to leave until he his heard.
27 March 1980
The Governor and Benson visit a bar and listen to the conversations among the other patrons. They learn what others think of the politics in the state.
1 May 1980
Army representatives visit the mansion to take Benson into custody. It seems there is some confusion about his service during the Korean War.
8 May 1980
Marcy is hesitate to take a vacation because there is a lot of work to do at the mansion and she is needed. When she does take a vacation, she worries someone else will do her job better.
31 October 1980
Benson and Kraus are taken hostage during a convenience store stickup, and it takes all of Benson's diplomacy to keep her from goading the gunmen into shooting them.
7 November 1980
After recovering from flu symptoms, Benson collapses while talking to Kraus and is hospitalized for tests. Clayton starts looking to replace him as Head of Household Staff. A visitor hold the key to what his ailment is.
14 November 1980
Benson and Kraus find a secret compartment in the mansion's fireplace hearth. Inside is a letter written by a past governor telling about a stash of gold hidden in the mansion and everyone wants it for themselves.
Season 2, Episode 4: Masquerade21 November 1980
The Governor is having a $100 per plate dinner to raise money for a hospital in a third world country. Clayton puts out a memo telling the entire staff to attend in costume. Among the guests is the Ambassador of the country who is bringing The Golden Monkey which is made of solid gold and some revolutionaries wanting to steal the monkey.
Season 2, Episode 5: First Lady28 November 1980
The Governor has a female escort for a special reception and Katie is afraid that it means that he will be getting married. The Guest of Honor for the reception owns an air conditioning company and comments on how bad the mansion's air conditioning system is. He's yet to find out who manufactured it.
12 December 1980
Kraus' aunt dies and she is given her aunt's Bavarian castle. The only catch is that in order to inherit it, she must live in it meaning she has to move to Bavaria or let it go to her cousin. Kraus decides that since she really considers the United States her country, she wants to become a US Citizen, but she fails the citizenship test.
19 December 1980
While on a Carribbean vacation, Benson meets a woman who wants to stay with him. To his dismay, she follows him back home and arrives at the mansion where she refuses to leave him.
9 January 1981
On the way to a Solar Energy Conference in Albuquerque, the pilot of the plane flying Benson, Marcie, Clayton and the Governor becomes ill and it is up to the Governor and Benson to fly the plane.
16 January 1981
Libby, the Governor's sister, comes for a visit. She feels that the environment in which Katie is being raised in is not good for her and tries to convince the Governor to send Katie to the same boarding school that she and the Governor went to when they were younger. That is a decision that none of the Governor's Staff wants him to make.
23 January 1981
Benson moves into an apartment which is intended to give him a place to live on weekends so that he can get away from the mansion. As he is trying to renew and old friendship with a pretty girl, he finds that getting away from the Staff isn't as easy as he would like.
Season 2, Episode 11: Big Buddy6 February 1981
Benson becomes the 'Big Buddy' to a nine year old boy who is hard to handle. When the boy and Katie get caught shoplifting, Benson tries to figure out why the boy is the way he is.
13 February 1981
Marcy's boyfriend Dan, is the producer of the Governor's fireside chat. Just when she believes he is going to propose, he breaks up with her and wants them to reevaluate their relationship.
20 February 1981
It's Marcy's wedding. And when her father is unable to attend, Marcy wants Benson to walk her down the aisle. But her mother prefers someone from the family.
Season 2, Episode 14: Rivals27 February 1981
Kraus is in a state: her childhood rival, whose boasting she has endured for years, is on her way to America, expecting to find the cook married to the governor.
6 March 1981
Benson's mother makes an unexpected but welcome visit.
13 March 1981
A representative from an airline which opposes a noise abatement bill attempts to bribe Clayton. When Clayton intends to testify against the airline, he begins to receive threats and break-ins.
20 March 1981
A neighborhood boy wanders onto the governor's property, and breaks his arm when he falls out of a tree. As the boy is missing a strong role-model in his life, Benson considers becoming a father figure to the boy.
Season 2, Episode 18: Homework3 April 1981
Katie's school assignment is to write a paper about her family. In addition to her father, she includes Benson, Kraus, and the others whom she considers part of her family.
10 April 1981
Someone is sending the Governor death threats.
8 May 1981
On his way to a Navy reunion, the Governor, along with Benson and Clayton, stop off at a bordello to visit a sick friend. When a fire breaks out across the street, they are afraid to be seen by the crowd when they exit the bordello.
15 May 1981
While Benson and Clayton search for something in the storage room, an earthquake hits the area. Benson and Clayton are trapped.
Season 2, Episode 22: Lifesaver22 May 1981
Gretchen chokes on a piece of food and Benson performs the Heimlich maneuver to save her.
6 November 1981
The governor sticks his neck out to appoint Benson the state budget director, a job requiring the state senate's confirmation.
13 November 1981
The governor is shown a report on the problems with the prison. The conditions are bad, and he needs to decide to increase the budget. The governor sends Benson in as an undercover agent to find out what is really going on.
Season 3, Episode 3: Sit-In27 November 1981
A conductor goes to city hall to request funding for the music program, taking the orchestra with him so they can play music until they get their funds. Benson is trying to conduct interviews for a new secretary.
4 December 1981
A business man who runs a company wants political favors from the governor. An FBI agent visits Benson and asks him to help trap the business man in bribery to ensure his request.
11 December 1981
Benson's lobbyist girlfriend has a proposal for available land in the area; a company she represents wants to build on the land. As budget director, he agrees to the plan, but then it backfires on him.
Season 3, Episode 6: Stress18 December 1981
Nothing seems to go right for Benson and everyone is upset with him.
25 December 1981
Benson encounters a former girlfriend. He takes it hard to learn that she is now disabled.
8 January 1982
Clayton is assaulted and claims that it was by someone from outer space. Clayton tells Benson he has to improve the security at the governor's mansion.
15 January 1982
Kraus is acting suspiciously happy and everyone wonders why. Kraus has fallen in love with a man who turns out not to be quite honest.
22 January 1982
Everyone learns a hard lesson when they realize that even a "sure fire hit" in the stock market is not always a sure thing.
5 February 1982
Benson takes Kraus to a doctor's appointment for a checkup. The doctor tells Benson about his race horse that is sick and dying. Kraus overhears part of the conversation and thinks the doctor is saying she has only months to live.
12 February 1982
The former Governor Mulligan visits and brings his daughter. Clayton is attracted to the daughter.
19 February 1982
Kraus decides to write a story about her life. Benson tries to find jobs for some boys in a poor section of town to help them stay out of gangs.
26 February 1982
The governor gets an image makeover. Katie develops a crush on Pete.
5 March 1982
Benson is elected president of his condo's tenant association committee. He has to ask the landlord to make repairs to the apartments. Benson finds out Clayton is the owner of the building and his landlord.
12 March 1982
No one on the governor's staff likes Mr McFadden who has dealings with the staff. He blackmails Denise into going on a date with him. After a disastrous date, Benson and the others plan an elaborate trick on Mr McFadden.
19 March 1982
Pete borrows Benson's car and foils a robbery when he crashes it into the robbers get away car. Benson's car's been totaled. Now the insurance company won't pay for a new car because Pete was driving it and the insurance company decides to cancel Benson's insurance because of his negative profile.
Season 3, Episode 18: In the Red26 March 1982
Benson's being audited by the IRS. The IRS agent handling him disallows most of the exemptions puts on his form because Benson lost his records.
Season 3, Episode 19: Teed Off2 April 1982
The Governor and his team mates attend a charity golf event. It turns into a big competition between the men.
30 April 1982
The Governor has competition in getting on the ticket for reelection.
7 May 1982
The political party is not supporting the governor for another term on the election ticket. The governor and his staff take a vacation to a cabin to work out a strategic plan.
14 May 1982
The governor decides to run for reelection as an independent party on the election ticket. He gets a mortgage on his mill in order to support his campaign. It does not go well.
22 October 1982
The Governor is invited by a businessman to join him on his yacht. So he brings the whole staff. They discover that he has invited some other people. When they're out to sea, the host is killed. So until they make it back, they're all wondering who could have done it. Until that is they learn that everyone on the man's guestlist has a grudge against him.
22 October 1982
After the owner of the yacht is killed on board, the Governor and all the guests start being suspicious of each other as the likely killer. Benson begins talking to people and finds out what really happened.
29 October 1982
Benson and Pete are taken hostages by revolutionaries in Latin America when they were supposed to be at a conference.
5 November 1982
Benson's brother an orthodontist comes for a visit. And he can't help but act like a snob. Eventually some long pent up resentment comes out and the brothers have a fight that threatens their relationship.
12 November 1982
The state has a mandatory retirement age, and the gardener for the governor's mansion is now being told he has to retire. He does not want to retire, so he asks Benson to help him keep his job.
19 November 1982
Benson asks Kraus for her household expenditures so he can work on the governor's budget plan. He learns she does not know how to keep a ledger to track expenses. She has to take an economics class to continue her job. Benson is the teacher
26 November 1982
Benson's army buddies get together for a reunion. Also attending is one of their POW's who had become a friend, even if the enemy. When they find out the POW is now a wealthy business man, Scotty finds it hard to accept him as a friend.
3 December 1982
Benson buys a condo apartment based on the model. When he moves in, Benson finds there is no electricity, the doors are not all attached, the stove does not work, and more problems. He moves into the demo home until all repairs are done.
10 December 1982
Benson returns from home from a dinner out and finds he has been burglarized. When he reports it to the police, he is enraged that the police do not want to investigate the crime.
17 December 1982
The governor's home prepares for the Christmas holiday. As Benson talks to friends, he finds a cook is struggling to keep her foster children.
Season 4, Episode 11: Pen Pal31 December 1982
Kraus is nervous when she learns her prison pen-pal is released from prison. She is even more nervous when he reminds her that she promised to help him get a job.
7 January 1983
Gretchen's fiancé can't be present for their wedding, so Benson stands in for the fellow as proxy - or so he and Gretchen assume.
14 January 1983
The governor and Benson go golfing and spend the day on the greens. When searching for a ball lost in the woods, a beam of light appears and Benson disappears, but reappears in seconds. The governor is sure Benson was captured by aliens.
21 January 1983
The Pentagon wants to move the air force base to another city, and the governor is concerned because of the loss of revenue for Hamilton County. Katie has a boyfriend and goes on her first date.
28 January 1983
In preparation for a royal visitor, Kraus hires street kids to paint the governor's mansion.
4 February 1983
Benson has the guys over to his apartment for dinner, stories, TV, and card games. They talk about former girlfriends whom they loved and lost.
18 February 1983
Benson is dismayed to find out he might be related to Clayton.
25 February 1983
When a large business owner makes plan to move his company out of state, the governor and staff are worried since the company provides a lot of jobs and revenue to the state. A wealthy woman, who looks a lot like Kraus, says she can help.
4 March 1983
Benson hosts a fund-raising telethon and has to announce the performers. When one of the performers does not show up, Kraus steps in to sing on television.
11 March 1983
Benson's nephew visits. He is heading for college where he is going to be a star basketball player. Benson finds out he cannot read or write; the nephew says he is going to be famous and does not need to know anything expect basketball.
18 March 1983
Benson and the Governor get trapped on the roof without means of getting down. Kraus sets up the ladder and climbs to the roof, but then is startled when she hears the others and the ladder again falls to the ground.
31 March 1983
Benson is none too pleased when he learns his girlfriend wants to date other men - specifically, her former boyfriend.
16 September 1983
Denise and Pete have their dream wedding in a forest. Everything goes as planned, until it is time to leave the forest.
23 September 1983
A robot is brought in to help the staff. Eventually everyone feels threatened. And it isn't long before it starts taking over and advising the Governor to make decisions based on logic without any regard for how it affects people.
30 September 1983
Benson's working hard working with the public utilities office and everyone is worried about him, especially when he claims he has visions of his former boss's ghost. Jessica Tate needs to do a good deed in order to get into heaven.
7 October 1983
While Benson is on vacation, Kraus house-sits for him. Kraus' mother visits and wants to see her husband. When Benson returns home early, he has to pretend to be Arnold. Then, Kraus pretends to be pregnant.
21 October 1983
Katie interviews Benson for her school paper and overhears Benson and Clayton arguing about expenses. Benson tells Clayton he is a crook. Katie's story is printed and spreads to the main press papers. Denise finds out she is pregnant.
28 October 1983
The plumber who fixes the plumbing problems at the Governor's Mansion is a crotchety old man. Benson asks him to fix the sink at his own place that day before a party. When people show up for the party, the plumber is still there - but dead
4 November 1983
Kraus has her hands full when a visiting sheik is infatuated with her. The sheik says he will provide financial help to the state but wants Kraus to return with him to his country.
11 November 1983
Pete gets Benson an interview on a talk show to discuss some of his political stands. It is a cooking show with a bubbly host. They talk about the state lottery and she gets him to say if he won, he would give away the money. He wins.
18 November 1983
Benson has to testify in court against some rough criminals who threaten anyone who speaks out against them. Also, Katie has to sell cookies for a fund raiser for her group.
25 November 1983
Benson meets with union management to work on a new contract. That night a friend asks Benson to babysit for a few hours. Due to a snow storm, the parents cannot pick up the baby; Benson has to take the baby to work and the contract signing
2 December 1983
The governor and his team are upset that Senator Tyler is appointed to an appropriations committee. Trying to make the best of it, they meet at a dinner party. When Tyler makes a pass at the governor's date, she dumps her drink on him.
16 December 1983
A man from the government tells the Governor he has to go to a important and confidential meeting. After he leaves, the man brings in a man who's a dead ringer for the Governor and he assumes the Governor's duties. Eventually some of the staff notices some changes in the Governor, especially Krauss. So when the double learns of this, he tells the man who then tells him to fire Krauss which he does. That's when Krauss and Benson work together to find out what's going on. And when the real Governor returns, things get complicated.
23 December 1983
Pete's alma mater is giving Benson an honorary degree, so they travel to Florida with the governor. While there, Pete has memories of his carefree days of bachelorhood and begins to think he won't make a good father.
6 January 1984
Gladys Knight and the Pips are in town, and Benson tells everyone he will get them to sing at a telethon the governor is holding for a fund raiser. The governor is getting the Rats and Cats act.
13 January 1984
Katie and her friend Winston are planning the upcoming school dance. Winston gets the idea that Benson would be a perfect match for his widowed mother. Meanwhile, Kraus is on edge, thinking Clayton wants to kill her.
20 January 1984
Pete arranges for a photo shoot for Benson who has been voted Bachelor of the Month. At first reluctant, when Benson sees the photographer, he wants to spend more time with her.
27 January 1984
Benson is surprised when he is declared a security risk when the president is scheduled to visit the governor.
3 February 1984
Pete gets Benson a job as a judge for a local beauty pageant. Will he be influenced by others to pick a winner?
Season 5, Episode 19: We Deliver24 February 1984
Denise goes into labor while Pete is out of the office. Benson and the governor get Denise to the hospital, but only as far as the elevator.
2 March 1984
Clayton brags that his father is going to name him as the new manager of the family business. While his father is looking for a successor, it is not Clayton that he wants.
9 March 1984
Kraus talks Benson into helping her save an old historic hotel from destruction.
4 May 1984
Benson tries to get a doctor who works in an inner city clinic honored for his work but the man refuses. However Benson pushes and learns why he doesn't want it.
21 September 1984
Benson learns that the lieutenant governor is accepting bribes.
28 September 1984
Benson inherits a men's magazine. Later he is sued by an associate of the owner who believes that she is entitled to the magazine. And wanting to be rid of the mag, Benson decides to get a lawyer who has never won a case--Clayton.
12 October 1984
Benson has his annual physical and has no worries about his health - until the doctor calls and wants to talk to Benson personally. Kraus and the others assume it means Benson is dying.
19 October 1984
Benson throws his hat in the political ring for lieutenant governor. He finds it easy to raise money for his campaign, but then realizes everyone who contributes is wanting something in return.
26 October 1984
Benson's campaign is running out on money and he is facing a political debate from his opponent.
2 November 1984
While visiting Hong Kong, Clayton is kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity. However, even upon learning the mistake, his captors don't let him go. The rest of the staff alert the police.
9 November 1984
The rescue attempts for Clayton do not go so well when the governor and Kraus end up being kidnapped also. Since the police think Benson is involved, he must evade the police and rescue the others.
16 November 1984
Benson has plans to ask Kraus to be his assistant in the political office, but he is forced by other parties to hire someone else. The new hire does not work out.
23 November 1984
Benson and Linda go on a double date with Clayton and Jill. Jill finds she cannot get away from the talkative Clayton.
30 November 1984
Benson's sister who just went through a rough break up stays with him. Max, the man who helped Benson get elected takes her out. And when Benson sees that after one date, they seem to be getting serious, he can't help but be worried and butt in.
7 December 1984
Benson goes home for a family reunion. And his brother wants his help to convince their uncle the head of the family to retire. But their aunt refuses to let them consider it.
14 December 1984
Benson unknowingly has two countries ready to declare war.
21 December 1984
It's Christmas time, and everyone is busy. In his rush, Benson falls and hits his head. While he is out, he dreams of holidays past with his mother.
11 January 1985
Kraus is tired of Benson's constant complaining, so she hits the road and returns to acting. Benson follows in disguise as a limo driver.
18 January 1985
Benson finds out a mayor wants to have break-dancing declared illegal. Benson decides to talk to the mayor to prevent it. He finds it is a difficult task.
25 January 1985
Told in back-flashes and scene sequences, Benson and the others recall the many people in their lives who have influenced them in some way.
Season 6, Episode 17: Solid Gold1 February 1985
There are plenty of guest stars in this episode about a trip to Las Vegas for a convention. Benson and Kraus perform in a stage show, and Clayton gambles away his money.
8 February 1985
Benson and the Governor are in hot water with President Regan after Benson criticizes the president's proposed budget. As Benson and the Governor await their discipline, they become trapped in the Oval Office.
15 February 1985
The Governor decides to take a break and go to a Dude Ranch. He enjoys being a cowboy that he decides to stay and resigns as Governor. So Benson tries to talk him out of it.
Season 6, Episode 20: Scenario22 February 1985
The staff is conducting an exercise on what would happen if there's a nuclear attack. But the computer plays out a scenario that is almost hopeless for anyone to survive. And that's when they realize that surviving a nuclear attack is not the answer but preventing it.
15 March 1985
While Gatling is away, Benson, as acting governor, vetoes a bill the governor would have signed.
22 March 1985
Missy Gold's real sister Tracy Gold plays a cousin who visits the mansion. Tracy's character talks Katie into lying to her father about where she is going out for the evening. Katie gets caught in a bar with her cousin.
29 March 1985
When the Governor chooses not to support a Senator's bid to have certain books removed from schools, the Senator lashes back at them.
5 April 1985
Passed over as Man of the Year in favor of Benson, Clayton, bested by Benson one too many times, suffers from the delusion that he is Benson.
4 October 1985
Benson is cutting the ribbon at the mall. Suddenly someone cries out a robbery and when the robber passes Benson he knocks him out with the giant scissors he was holding. Later the man sues for battery. He retains Clayton as his lawyer who tells him it's a piece of cake. Till he learns who the opposing counsel is; Nevada Bob Walker a shark. Clayton suffers a breakdown, and Benson asks the judge what are his options. Either to let the judge give him a continuance which means they will pick it up in 18 months or proceed on his own. He chooses the latter. And it turns out that Walker is an expert at bending the truth.
11 October 1985
Benson and Senator Hartford are on opposite sides of a bill that Clayton supports. This makes a romantic connection a bit more difficult for them.
Season 7, Episode 3: Uncle Jack18 October 1985
The governor's brother visits the mansion. The governor and Jack have not talked to each other for 25 years.
25 October 1985
On a stormy Halloween night, a mysterious man who calls himself G. Reaper shows up. Later they learn that some children go missing. That's when the entire staff believe that the man is The Grim Reaper. Benson decides to go see him to find out who he is and why he is here. But his answers shock him.
Season 7, Episode 5: We Spy8 November 1985
Benson and Kraus are accused of being spies while they are in Germany.
15 November 1985
As the fiscal year ends, Clayton realizes there is a large surplus of funds unused. The auditors tell him that he must use it now, or lose it to the budget in the following year. Benson and Clayton find ways to use the funds.
29 November 1985
Clayton decides to be the helicopter pilot for Benson and the governor to a golf course. Clayton loses control of the helicopter.
6 December 1985
After Clayton crashes the helicopter on the way to a golf course, Clayton, Benson and the governor are stranded in a desert.
13 December 1985
Clayton talks Benson into investing in a dog breeding business. However, their mating dog is impotent.
3 January 1986
Kraus has a dream that she and Benson are the only remaining people on earth, and decide to be with each other.
18 January 1986
Clayton's about to be named Budget Director. But at the hearing a secret he's been keeping is revealed and might make his appointment unlikely. So he freaks out and runs out. Benson tries to encourage to stand up to them.
25 January 1986
The governor wants to pass environmental legislation to help the state. He asks Benson to help him talk to a conservationist.
1 February 1986
Benson investigates the Veterans Administration misuse of paying benefits to the veterans because the person he hired for remodeling his bathroom is a veteran.
8 February 1986
After a Hollywood director is found dead in the mansion, Benson and the others try to solve the crime.
15 February 1986
After a Hollywood director is found dead in the mansion, Benson and the others try to solve the crime.
22 February 1986
Benson is nominated to run for governor; he asks Diane to marry him.
1 March 1986
Clayton's father is getting married to a young woman, and Clayton sees his inheritance slipping through his fingers.
Season 7, Episode 18: Pardon Me8 March 1986
The governor signs a pardon for a man in prison who was wrongly accused of a crime. However, the man has adjusted to jail life and is afraid of being set free.
22 March 1986
Kraus starts living a life in high society when a gossip columnist befriends her.
29 March 1986
The governor and Benson join forces for a double date.
12 April 1986
Benson finds himself campaigning against the Governor.
19 April 1986
Benson and Gov. Gatling have become opponents in the election for the Governor's job, which puts a dark cloud over their long standing friendship.
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