This episode was hilarious as it shows how stupid the “Devil” type characters are in giving gifts that bite back for free as all it takes is someone smart like Rick to turn the whole idea on it’s head and leave them with nothing. There is an element of science versus magic in this episode but what really makes it work is the Summer and Rick plot with the Devil, the sideplot on Pluto is a lot of fun as well.
The story involves Summer working for an antique store run by the Devil leading Rick to uncurse the items and become a competitor. Elsewhere Jerry is helping Morty with his science project and is taken to Pluto when he claims that Pluto is a planet, counter to all science and and the people of Pluto see him as a hero.
The Pros: The Pluto Arc – The Pluto Arc is a great metaphor for global warming skeptics and intelligent design “scientists” as it is people who ignore the actual evidence to promote a claim that has no basis beyond keeping those with money happy. This is what Jerry does and it takes Morty calling him out and the King of Pluto’s son being sentenced to death for him to realize that he loves his boy and that he was wrong about Pluto being a planet as he stops covering fro the mining that is destroying Pluto.
The Devil – The Devil is hilarious and is super insecure as he tries to take his death at one point and after Summer helps him make a tech company after Rick’s competition stops him that he dumps Summer leading to Rick and Summer beating him up at the end for being a selfish prick.
Summer and Rick – These two have a great arc as Rick shows he does care for Summer while the Devil only cared for himself and was just using her. It’s a nice contrast as the Devil and Rick are similar in personality but Rick is willing to truly invest in his Grandkids.
This was a really great episode, the only weak part is the Pluto People weren’t explored all that much and were just a metaphor for humanity…which worked but it would have been stronger if they’d been a truly unique alien species. The Devil, Rick and Summer arc is the strongest part of the episode and is what makes it great.
Final Score: 9.6 / 10