After years of sitting quietly on the sidelines, the Pearson family This is us‘ Miguel Rivas (Jon Huertas) finally gets his moment in the spotlight during the final season of the show. Miguel appears to be standing up for himself after his long-standing “mistreatment” at the hands of the Pearson clan since day one of the NBC series. Fans believe this unsavory behavior stems from one thing: “He’s not Jack.”
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Miguel has hung quietly in the background for six seasons of the NBC series.
Pearson family patriarch Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) met his future best friend when he needed a sports coat to meet Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) parents for the first time at their country club. He went into a suit shop and told his clerk, Miguel, about his dilemma. In return, Miguel let Jack borrow the coat.
The men became best friends and Miguel was there for Jack at many critical moments in his life.
This included recreating Jack’s first date with Rebecca so he could propose to her.
Miguel stood by the couple on their wedding day. He was there for the couple as Jack and Rebecca celebrated and grieved the birth of two of their three children. He believed in her when Jacka and Rebecca adopted Randall from the hospital.
In an eerie foreboding, Jack told Miguel to take care of Rebecca and her children if anything happened to him.
Later, Miguel and Jack both worked together in the same company.
Subsequently, Miguel divorced his wife Shelly, with whom he had two children, Andy and Amber.
After Jack’s death from smoke inhalation during the fire at the Pearson family home, Miguel kept his promise to Jack and helped Rebecca and her children deal with their grief.
The Big Three kept Miguel at arm’s length at all times, even after he and Rebecca married in 2012.
‘This Is Us’ fans ‘frustrated’ by Miguel’s ‘abuse’
in one Reddit Post titled “If Miguel was Jack” fans have rallied for the long-suffering character, who has faced tensions from Kevin (Justin Hartley), Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) throughout his relationship with him mother has dealt with. Miguel always fought comparisons to her late father.
“Miguel’s biggest crime on this show isn’t being Jack and I’m so sick of it. Jack was a good man, but not a paragon of virtue. He was just human,” wrote one fan.
“Definitely!! A person who has never tried to replace Jack or who the Big 3 resented for their treatment of him. He was there for Rebecca in her darkest moments and is great with the grandchildren. His greatest crime is not being Jack,” agreed a second viewer.
“Exactly. Miguel is such an upstanding guy and his mistreatment by so many characters is beyond irritating. The man deserves his flowers,” claimed a third Reddit poster.
A fourth fan had a different take on the situation if Jack were alive and dealing with Rebecca’s cognitive health issues.
“I doubt Jack would have coped with Rebecca’s illness. His problems would have made it difficult for him to cope with her decline. I don’t think Jack was the most helpful husband. Rebecca has endured a lot,” they wrote.
How will Miguel deal with Rebecca thinking her son Kevin is her husband Jack?
There’s still time to find out. pic.twitter.com/42tMZN3mnH
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In conversation with Weekly entertainment, This is us Executive Story Editor Jon Dorsey shared his reaction regarding Miguel’s reaction to Rebecca’s cognitive decline.
“I can’t speak for everyone, but this is one of the saddest side effects of all. It feels like Miguel gets pushed aside at times, like second fiddle. But it’s not necessarily true,” Dorsey explained.
“People can have multiple soulmates. And there’s an argument that that’s the case here. Another thing the doctor mentioned is that just because Rebecca is in a phase of thinking about talking to Jack doesn’t mean she can’t still love Miguel in that moment, if that makes any sense . It’s this weird swirl.”
The NBC drama will contain one episode dedicated to Miguel’s story On the 3rd of May.
This is us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.
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