I’m a spoiler junkie.
There, I said it and I’m not ashamed of it. I never buy a book without reading the end (yes, even whodunnits and romantic triangles) and I never flinch from the words “spoiler” and “alert.” I don’t usually inflict it on other people, although I have been known to occasionally get my jollies that way, especially when a certain best friend is involved. What can I say? I’m sick.
If, upon reading the above, you –
- Shrank back in horror
- Have no sympathy, much less understanding
- Lack a variation of my obsessive gene
this might be a good time to exit this page. If, on the other hand, you understand the urge to –
- See what’s next
- Know how it all turns out
and most importantly,
- Love the show House
then this is precisely where you ought to be.
Unlike the boring House page on Fox’s website, which could learn a thing or two about keeping fans happy from ABC, the House M.D. Guide has all the things that a good show site should have and what it doesn’t possess, it is perfectly willing link to.
In the matter of an Episode Guide, for example, they can hardly better Fox’s blow by blow summary. Instead, they couple a barebones version with links to trivia, alternative episode summaries on other sites, and quotes.
Taking the innovative spirit a step further, they use quotes to explain each character and his/her relationship to House in addition to brief bios. If there is something more you wish to know, there is a FAQ section as well as a Search section.
Fun stuff includes a short comparison of Gregory House with Sherlock Holmes [the parallel which inspired the owners to create the site], little known factoids about the show and its cast [did you know Hugh Laurie wrote a book?], and real world timelines. In merchandise, you can buy the first season for 30% off and no shipping charge – an offer that doesn’t seem to have overwhelmed the visitors to the site by all accounts. Not to forget the Spoiler section which is my favorite part.
It also taught me a few things about terminology amongst the House obsessed. The three junior doctors, for example, are referred to as “cottages” because they are “little houses.” This leads to interesting lines such as, “House is missing a cottage here because in this episode, the cottage is the POTW.” A POTW, by the way, is not a “Prisoner Of The War” as my puzzled brain suggested. It stands for Patient Of The Week. One more thing about the dear little cottages – they are sometimes known as “the ducklings.” Why? Because they follow House around like a little troupe after the Mama Duck.
And in case you get lost in the vast world of the Guide, look up their Recommendations and they’ll tell you just what to look out for. Still not satisfied? Why not join the forum or help them out by writing a blog about the things that still remain unanswered on their site? They have a list and they want you. In fact, they have just about everything but the one thing that the Fox website lacks as well – some of those cunning little teasers one has become accustomed to on ABC while trying to get a little Lost or Grey’s Anatomy fix.
With The West Wing going off the air in May, I can only be happy that my new obsession found favor in the eyes of the people responsible for so many spoiler happy moments in my life.