The episode’s primary attraction is simply how casually the characters settle for their weird scenario. Tony’s buddy Jake (Garrett Morris) is the primary to note that the mysterious newcomer retains getting all sixes in his palms; when the Satan goes into the kitchen for a bit and so they peak at his playing cards to seek out one other three sixes, all of them merely settle for that this man is certainly the Satan and he should be right here to say certainly one of their souls. Most tales like this have that compulsory interval of disbelief, the place the Satan should take the time to persuade them of the scenario. “Vendor’s Alternative” skips proper by it.
The episode additionally provides New Jersey viewers a enjoyable cheer-worthy second when Jake goes off on the Satan’s dishonorable methodology of stealing Peter’s soul. “It is probably not the way in which you do it in Hell,” he says, “however up right here in New Jersey, we do issues a little bit totally different!” What’s funnier is the Satan’s response to this argument. “What the hell,” he says, “It is a Friday, I can sleep late tomorrow.” The implication is that the Satan works a normal 9 to 5 similar to the typical boring human. The stakes on this story are absurdly excessive — at the very least from Peter’s perspective — however the way in which the characters go about it’s surprisingly mundane.
The phase, which was directed by Wes Craven of all individuals, is never ranked on the high of viewers’ favourite installments of “The Twilight Zone,” however it’s nonetheless a enjoyable time with a stunning, pleasant ending. It could be removed from Freeman’s most well-known position, however his humorous, charming efficiency right here makes clear precisely why he’d change into one of many greatest stars on this planet inside only a few years.