The Biggest Failure On Extreme Makeovers Home Edition
Extreme Makeovers Home Edition is known for tugging on viewer heartstrings. The Higgins family was perhaps one of the most beloved groups to be on the show. A family with a soft heart and an unreal desire to do well for mankind had taken in five orphaned children, ages 14-21. 10 people ended up living in cramped quarters to make ends meet for the Higgins children as well as the family that took them in.
The makeover was just as spectacular as all of the others on the show. In 2005, the Higgins and their “adoptive” family were given a spectacular space that boasted nine bedrooms after they returned from a vacation, courtesy of the show. The family went from having essentially no room and no boundaries to having everything they could desire. It is hard to imagine the relief the privacy of adding a door and your own room can have after being so cramped for so long. There were tears from the families and viewers alike. No one could believe that such a great thing could happen to such great people. It appeared a little too good to be true, perhaps because it was.
Ugliness Between the Family and the Higgins
The saints turned out to be ne'er do wells. They asked the Higgins clan to leave the spectacular home that was paid for by the show. The eldest Higgins child and the legal guardian of the rest of his siblings contacted the producers. Almost instantly, the producers showed the 24-page contract signed. There was nothing they could do. However, the tragedy suffered by the Higgins would make a great follow-up episode. After all, this is reality television.
The Higgins Take Matters to Court
The Higgins were obligated to participate in a follow-up as outlined by the contract. The eldest decided to do what any reasonable American would after being left out in the cold by a company that promised a home. Charles Higgins decided to sue the various companies involved in the show as well as the couple that evicted him and his siblings.
The California Court of Appeals Made a Ruling
The California Court of Appeals granted the Higgins a full trial with a jury. In a recent ruling, the Court decided that the contract was unenforceable as it was procedurally and substantively unconscionable. The Higgins are going to court, and the show is under scrutiny.
The Most Spectacular Failure In the History of the Show
In past episodes, participants on the show had been unable to pay for maintenance and mortgages for their new homes. The show attempted to remedy the issue by paying for the Higgins home. Granted, the Higgins were only houseguests. Heartstrings were still tugged, but in very different ways. It was still great television. However, ethics and legalities involved in promising a home to a group of people that are later evicted were brought to light.
The family with a heart of gold that took in the Higgins has successfully faded out of the spotlight. What kinds of people bring in a bunch of orphans only to ditch them once they get a larger house? Evidently, these people do.
Not Just an Ugly Bathroom or Bad Living Room Décor
The Higgins episode in 2005 has to take the prize of the biggest failure in the history of Extreme Makeovers Home Edition. After all, the idea was to give people better homes, not make them homeless.