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Miguel Rivas played the lead role in the latest episode of this is usWhich revealed the heartbreaking reason why he wasn’t by his bedside on Rebecca’s last day in the distant future.
Titled simply “Miguel,” this hour was devoted to his story—from growing up as a child in Puerto Rico to the fracturing of his family to his final years caring for Rebecca—filling in the many blanks and answers. Dena has been troubled by the questions raised in the minds of the people in the last six seasons. Viewers will remember that Miguel was one of the key members of the family who were missing in a flash-forward to the future as everyone gathered at Kevin’s house to say goodbye to Rebecca. Now, we have a devastating reason.
Hints that Miguel was not doing well as he got older was evident in recent episodes, especially during Kate and Philip’s wedding, and only kept getting worse as Rebecca’s mental state worsened and her own self. Health issues became worrying. But Miguel made Rebecca’s care a priority, bypassing her well-being (ie high blood pressure, fatigue, heart problems) to make sure she lived her final years in comfort, as she took the role of primary caregiver literally. was taken in She took it upon herself to make sure she always got up at 6:45 a.m. every morning, so the first thing she would look for was to sort out her various medications, even if there was a hired nurse who was Qualified to do all those things.
However, it became clear that this arrangement was not going to be sustainable. One late evening, Miguel found Rebecca – wearing nothing but thin pajamas – playing with wonder like a child in the winter snow. Worried that she would get sick, he ran inside Kevin’s house to get her back. As he tried to bring Rebecca back into the heat, Miguel fell badly and injured his back, the side effects of which he felt for a long time. As he walks through the room, Kevin sees Miguel examining his injury in the mirror and large bruises on his back, which prompts him, Kate, and Randall to sit down for a frank conversation about the future. Did.
“We think it’s time for him to get full-time support,” Kate opened up to the discussion, which Miguel didn’t receive well: “He has full-time support.”
“We’re talking about permanent, round-the-clock care to help you,” Randall calmly explained. But Miguel, who had been in the trenches with Rebecca since Day 1 because she lost her memory, argued that the notion of surrogate help is not an “easy” solution because “she doesn’t respond well to strangers.”
Randall asked what Miguel would have done if he had been immobilized or his collapse was even more severe. But Miguel said he was not “seriously injured”. “She’s my wife! I made a vow,” he replied, showing some pride in her. “I have failed in everything in my life. My parents, [ex-wife] genre. I haven’t seen my son in five years… I’m not leaving him, okay? Every morning at 6:45 a.m. when she wakes up she is the first thing I see. And it grounds him. It gives me support. So as long as he needs me, I’m not going anywhere.”
But Randall explained that they were not punishing Miguel. “We’re not doing this to you. We’re doing this For You,” he said. “You have honored your vows. You have honored them and then some. We are grateful to you. We love you.”
“I have to be there for him,” she continued. Randall assures her that he has: “You’re done. You’ll be done. Now will you let someone take care of you now? Please?” And in the end, Miguel agreed.
Even with a full-time care nurse now taking care of Rebecca And Miguel, as Miguel grew up, other health problems also arose. And he continued to help Rebecca with her morning routine, but this time, Kevin was also there to offer assistance.
One day, Kevin visits Miguel’s estranged son and gives him some heartbreaking information about the severity of his declining health. Kevin advised her, “Your father probably doesn’t have much time left. The doctor is worried about heart failure and take it from me, you don’t want to leave things unfinished.”
“What do you expect me to do with it?” Miguel’s son asked. “You do what you want. Thought you should know,” replied Kevin before leaving.
More time passed before Christmastime happened and everyone (and we mean everyone!), was happily celebrating the holidays. And the camera pans to reveal that Miguel’s son and his family made it together, implying that the issues and conflicts between father and son were in the past.
The entire Pearson clan gathered in front of the cabin to enjoy the fresh air, with Miguel and Rebecca standing near a large tree with bare branches. As everyone’s children happily reported their treasured find, Miguel and Rebecca took some time to admire the simplicity of the tree without leaves.
But as the scene changed, the tree was now in full bloom – a sign that the seasons had changed. But, Rebecca was alone in her wheelchair and dressed in all black with Kevin, Kate and Randall as well as Miguel’s son. They had just attended Miguel’s funeral.
Between a flashback to one of Miguel and Rebecca’s early conversations, where she asks him, “Who are you? What’s your story?” Miguel’s ashes are spread at the foot of a tree by the family cabin and on the same meadow he played as a child in Puerto Rico. Perhaps the answer to the question that he pursued all his life. Back on the scene with Rebecca at the bar, Miguel replies in Spanish before translating for her (and the audience): “I don’t know, but that’s a good question. Ask me again later.”
this is us Airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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