All too soon, we have come to the final episode of Miranda. We are treated to a finale that manages to deliver a solid half-hour of laughter, along with a lot of progress in the ever-shifting saga that is Miranda and Gary.
The story this week follows Miranda as she tries to cheer herself up after her botched attempt to tell Gary she loved him. Sadly, her pronouncement of love had fallen on deaf ears, and now that Michael out of the picture, Miranda finds herself sans-boyfriend and rolled up in the duvet-cocoon of despair – a feeling we can all relate to, at some point in our lives. Once again we find ourselves relating to our favourite queen of comedy, as she finds herself a single girl in a world that seems to punish her for not being paired up. We know it’s only really been a handful of episodes since we were introduced to Michael, but we got a glimpse of Miranda as a part of a couple. So to see her as her old self was quite sad, even when peppered with some good-natured humour. In an effort to try and live a Gary-free life, dear Miranda finds herself trying the avoid the object of her long-standing attraction, despite being surrounded by loving couples and the bleak prospect of her parents renewing her vows.
In an effort to try and avoid Gary, Miranda decides to actively try to pursue a life where she can comfortably go solo. Sadly, as she finds to her detriment, it is not so easy to escape the problems you leave at home and often finds herself being forced back home from her various escapades. At least she does this in time for us to check in on the continuing state of affairs with Penny’s party plans! In true spinster style, she acquires a lot of kittens and even has an amusing rejection in a hotel room with Stevie for good measure. Still, all the laughs that come don’t compare to the final revelation. Gary finally pursues our girl and is willing to make things more official. But his reluctance is still palpable and a dejected Miranda finds herself confused when Michael makes a sudden unexpected return with wedding bells on his mind. In a Miranda first, the spinster-for-life now has two men to pick from: the reliable and steady Michael, and the eternal crush Gary. Who will she pick?
As you would expect, it ends up being a bit of a cliffhanger, which leaves things wide open for all kinds of mayhem in a potential season four. But we were a bit sad to see that we got all the way to the end of the series again without any real resolution. That being said, the whole gang were here this week, delivering funny one liners throughout. Admittedly, it felt like less of an ensemble piece this week as it very much focused on Miranda’s love life once again. But nothing can stop us from chomping at the bit for a fourth season – and it better come quickly, because we cannot take the stress of this important Miranda decision (or Mirandecision, if you please).
We spent a lot of the episode identifying with Miranda’s desire to run away from all her problems in the wake of her most recent heartbreak; the same sense of connection the series derives most of the enjoyment from every week. It didn’t quite have us falling about with deep belly laughs, but the comedy all seems to come from the heart which might be even more valuable.
Altogether, the finale proved to be a solid episode, which has connected with the main protagonist beautifully. It may not have been the madcap adventure of previous episodes this season, but it was a fitting end to the season which has made us smile all the way through January. Who knows when Miranda will be back on our screens; whenever it is, be assured that we will be watching.