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Jessica on "Benson"

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    radrobd

    [1]Jun 22, 2006
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    In addition to her post-Soap appearance on Benson as a ghost/angel, I didn't know that Katherine Helmond ("Jessica") also appeared on "Benson" during its first season until TV Land ran a "Benson" marathon a few weeks ago.  In this early episode, Jessica came to play hostess at the Governor's mansion and a foreign Duke falls in love with her, but then dies in her hotel room.  Benson and Jessica then have to move his body so there won't be a scandal.  Although this self-contained episode didn't have any relation to the storylines on Soap, it was fun to see the chemistry between Jessica and Benson again.
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    sgtpepper1985

    [2]Jun 24, 2006
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    Yep, it was.
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    loverob

    [3]Nov 25, 2006
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    Jessica's cameo on season 1 was probably a ploy gain audiences for the show, by getting an existing regular to guest on a co-stars spin off. Shame Billy & Corrine (the few characters that confided in Benson) didn't make guest appearances too.

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    36th_Phantom

    [4]Sep 25, 2008
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    loverob wrote:

    Jessica's cameo on season 1 was probably a ploy gain audiences for the show, by getting an existing regular to guest on a co-stars spin off. Shame Billy & Corrine (the few characters that confided in Benson) didn't make guest appearances too.

    Agreed, but i would like to rewatch this episode again. Bensin recently ran on the Paramount channel in the UK but i must have missed it!
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    ladybritcomfan

    [5]Apr 10, 2009
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    loverob wrote:

    Jessica's cameo on season 1 was probably a ploy gain audiences for the show, by getting an existing regular to guest on a co-stars spin off. Shame Billy & Corrine (the few characters that confided in Benson) didn't make guest appearances too.


    They probably used only Jessica because she had more interaction with Benson than the children did. Plus, with her being the Governor's cousin, they could find a reason to have her make appearances on there.
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