This month, The Buzz on HR is giving a salute and farewell to the daytime series All My Children, which aired its final episode on September 23rd. Posts this month will share practical lessons I’ve learned after watching the show and its demise for years. Part 1 shared lessons from the one and only Erica Kane.
The final post in the series looks at the lessons HR can learn from the Final Episode of All My Children and all the controversy surrounding the end of the show.
The finale opened with a beautiful montage of the characters through the generations while Angie Hubbard speaks. We then see Angie pleading to Jesse to release Dr. David Hayward, who was arrested for bringing people back from the dead and then holding them hostage. It turns out Dr Hayward saved the lives of Erica’s step-daughter and son-in-law, Adam’s brother and Palmer Cortlandt’s niece — and is also responsible for helping Angie to regain her sight. Liza Colby arrives to announce Adam has pulled strings to get Dr. Hayward out on bail.
Meanwhile, across town, Adam is planning a party to celebrate the news that his twin brother, Stuart, who was shot and killed by someone intending to kill Adam, is alive. Stuart was the “nice” twin and loved by the whole town! So everyone dresses up in their best duds to celebrate the return of the Chandler family to Pine Valley! But there is one Chandler missing — Adam’s son, JR, who furiously left town when he found out his father was leaving Chandler Enterprises to his cousin (Stuart’s son, Scott) and his wife left him for a woman (Erica’s daughter, Bianca).
However, JR didn’t leave town. He overheard someone talking about the party at his dad’s house and decided to crash — with a gun! Just after Adam finishes giving thanks to everyone for coming, shots ring out, the screen fades to black … and the show is over! So instead of wondering who shot JR, like we did in the 80s, we are left wondering who did JR shoot?!?!
So what can HR learn from the All My Children finale and the slow death of daytime drama?
Fans of the show and HR professionals should always remember …
“The Great and the Least, The Rich and the Poor, The Weak and the Strong, In Sickness and in Health, In Joy and Sorrow, In Tragedy and Triumph, You are ALL MY CHILDREN” … Farewell!