REASONS WHY WE ARE ALL IN LOVE WITH NICK MILLER
Even with his grumpy face and quitting almost everything, Nick is by far one of the best characters of all times. He’s so real and even with his flaws and mistakes, lack of responsibility and self-confidence, he still manages to make all of us love him. Not only he’s funny, but also he also can be grumpy, loving, adorable and smoking hot. There’s this side of him that hates everything and then there’s the side of him who’s always there for his friends making people laugh. And let’s not forget the side of him that grabs Jess and kisses her like every woman would like to be kissed. One thing that probably made all of us love him even more was the fact that even when Jess was high as a kite on meds, offering herself, he didn’t do anything no matter how much he wanted. As if that wasn’t enough, his badass attitude with lines like “I meant something like that” and “then prove it” makes us sigh and wish for a man like him who, even on his worst days, is still perfect in his own way.
We love Nick Miller for the sheer amount of character growth he’s shown over the course of even just season 2 onward. For his friends, certainly, but mostly you can see the growth in his relationship with Jess and it extends to other areas.
Caroline dumped him because she didn’t know how much he cared until they broke up. And the entirety of the decisions that Nick makes for all we can see in the show, he’s growing, he’s trying to be a better man. He’s a crotchety old man, but his soft spot is Jess. And yeah, there’s a ‘shipper lens there, but there’s also a friendship lens, too.
Nick will do anything for this girl. Anything. He’ll miss his flight home for Christmas. He’ll go rescue her tv from her ex, but it became so much more than that.
That’s nothing to say of what he’s done since he realized he was in love with this girl. He supports her, he doesn’t want other people to define their relationship. When she’s down, he gets her out. (Plus, Future Nick Miller.)
But the thing is that he thinks the door’s closed and he wants to move on. And then, while that girl was high on pain pills, while he was caring for her, while he was becoming a better man, she told him that the door wasn’t closed. He immediately shuts down the new door he had opened, and when she finds out…he literally comes running after her.
And then. Then he confronts her.
He’s about to pull out his trump card, and shit’s about to hit the fan. It might be for nothing, they can not talk about it and move on, but he’s thought about it a lot, and so he has to pull this out and play it.
The fact that he wants to show her this card, the only card that he has.
He is so sick of passively loving this girl, of loving her like he’s breathing, like he’s drowning, like he cannot control it. And he takes control, he’s got this hand, and he’s tired of not actively loving this girl.
Because it’s the only card he has left with this woman: this woman who will date everyone but him, this woman who he will do anything for, this woman who he will build a damn dresser for, no matter what their status is, whatever anyone wants to define it as.
And this is the moment for Nick, where it’s all or nothing, and he’s about to show his whole damn hand.
In the end, nothing changes. He’s still himself, but he’s taken control of things and he’s not working against himself.
This is the Nick Miller that quit law school because he didn’t want to work for anyone else. This is the Nick Miller that is sick of everyone else making the decisions for him.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence at all, that we learned the reason Nick left law school. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that when he takes initiative in one area of his life he wants to do it in others.
That is why Nick Miller is one of the best damn characters on television today because it’s not one aspect of his character that’s growing and changing—it’s all of him, morphing together at the same time, and for good reasons.
Character development: you’re doing it right.