After letting out a loud, frustrated sigh, I clicked off the TV and tossed down the remote. "That kind of stuff drives me nuts."
"What does?" asked Geoff, looking up from his book.
"When the networks run enticing teasers to get you to keep watching, then when you finally see the bit they've been teasing about, it's a total let down. Something obnoxiously obvious or a five-second clip or nothing even remotely close to what they were pretending it was."
He shoved his glasses back up his nose. "For instance?" he asked.
"For the last hour, they've been teasing about this couple that's been married longer than anyone else. They kept showing them and asking, "What's the secret to making a marriage last 85 years?"
"Don't get divorced?" Geoff offered.
"Besides that," I said, shooting him a look.
"They're just doing their job," he said. "Trying to keep people from changing the channel. On the radio today, right before a commercial break, they asked, "What causes hot water to freeze faster than cold water?"
"And I bet they didn't answer that until the very end of the show."
It bothers me that I'm exactly the kind of person who makes teasers so effective. I absolutely have to know.
If something causes me to miss the end of a show, I'll spend much of the next day harassing co-workers (and the occasional stranger) trying to find out what happened. Once I start a book or a movie - no matter how bad it might be - I have to see how it ends. If a network teases a show by saying one of the main characters is going to get killed, my curiosity forces me to tune in.
But that doesn't mean I don't get upset when what they've been teasing falls short of the bait.
"Coming up: Your car seat could be putting your child at death's door!"