My dearest friends, Brittany and Kerry, introduced me to Miranda, and I was so confused by this lady talking to the audience. It took a couple of episodes to get into the show.
I had no idea how I should treat the show, but the charm and wit slowly won me over. The characters are lovable, and my life would not be the same without it.
The last final two episodes reminded me of how truly great this show is. The second to last episode showed how important Stevie’s and Miranda’s friendship is. Yes, there was drama between Gary and Miranda, but it was the storyline between Miranda and Stevie that really got to me. You are nothing without your best friend.
The last episode, shows that Miranda has finally found confidence in herself. Yes, she still has the quirkiness we have all grown to love, but she (and the therapist from series two) recognized who she is and is comfortable with it.
The series ends with Miranda not having to rely on her mother so much, and going after Gary. Gary also grew during the series, and it is because they both grew that they were finally able to marry in the end.
So here are my top ten favorite episode of Miranda, which led the way for the finale.
10. “The New Me” (Series 2, Episode 1)
There’s a massive goat in my sitting room, and you forgot to say.
It’s good. Isn’t it? You said your mum hates goats.
Ghosts. I said ghosts. Who has any strong opinions on goats?
Miranda decides to move on since Gary left, and meets Danny. As the episode goes on you can see her gain confidence, and Danny genuinely likes Miranda. However, Gary shows up a the end of the episode and things slowly fall back into place. This episode shows a glimpse of Miranda becoming the woman she is the finale. It also proves what the finale addressed about Penny being a major part in Miranda’s life when she moves in with Miranda and takes over.
9. “The Perfect Christmas” (Series 2, Episode 6)
I will not have my perfect Christmas ruined by standing awkwardly in front of a group of people whose singing ability inversely proportional to their enthusiasm.
Miranda wants to escape her parent’s Christmas because she believes the perfect Christmas would be one without them and Penny’s organizational skills. All of Miranda’s friends end up at her place, but in the end realize Penny’s Christmas is the best Christmas. It is one that is planned, but what makes it the best is all of them are together including Gary who Miranda has made up with. It is always a sad day when Miranda and Gary are at odds.
8. “Teacher” (Series 1, Episode 2)
Right I’m not apologizing. I’m still angry.
I’ve had a thought.
Tomorrow night, I’m going to give you a proper-
-cooking lesson. What?
*sings* Take me on. Take on me. I’ll be there.
Miranda and Gary have agreed on being each other safeties, and Miranda goes throughout the rest of the episode trying to create a moment with him. We also learn Miranda is not fully comfortable with shenanigans. This is a place I relate with her. I’m repressed, but for me I enjoy being repressed. I like saying the word shenanigans. It is a fun word to say.
This episode also features one of the many steamy make believe make out sessions between Miranda and Gary. What was the icing on the cake and sealed the show for me was Miranda making her kettle like Mrs. Potts.
7. “Let’s Do It” (Series 2, Episode 3)
Well. We could give it a shot. I mean. What’s the worst that could happen?
Humiliation, embarrassment, fire, explosions, collisions, tears, nudity, and death, but that was bad luck involving a rogue crème brûlée torch. It’s very unlikely to happen twice.
Gary and Miranda finally go on a date, and decide to sleep together. However, finding the perfect moment is nonexistent. Meanwhile, Miranda’s allure is very strong leading to three men in their boxers in her apartment at the same time. The episode is entertaining with Gary and Miranda finally acknowledging there is something between them to all the women doing karaoke at the end.
6. “Before I Die” (Series 2, Episode 2)
I just got caught reading Mein Kampf to children.
Miranda worries about nobody having anything to say at her funeral and decides to do good deeds. However, this episode in usual Miranda fashion provides the opposite effect. Whenever she tries something good, it goes horribly wrong. Then when she tries to get out of being godmother, the parents only seeing her do good deeds. In the end, Miranda gets what she want by giving her own eulogy, and then punching a vicar to get out of being godmother.
5. “What a Surprise” (Series 3, Episode 2)
Stop the music, thank you. And can you stop bopping? We’re shopping, not bopping. Thank you very much. And this is not a clown outfit. It may look big, but that’s because it is worn by the type of woman who sports something you may not have heard of called flesh. That’s flesh because we like something called cake. Cake. You should try it, and if you’re young enough for lucky metabolisms, it won’t last. And can everyone just leave please, if you’re heavy enough to make the automatic doors open. Altogether jump as one.
Miranda finally gets a boyfriend. Miranda goes out with Tilly and Stevie to find men because Gary has found a girlfriend. She reencounters Mike, and tries her best to act like an adult. In the end, Mike finds out Miranda is not who she was trying to portray herself as, but finds her quirkiness endearing. He is slowly falling for the Miranda we have already grown to love.
4. “A Brief Encounter” (Series 3, Episode 6)
You’ve had more farewells than Cher.
Miranda decides to forget about Gary, and go on another trip. She fails to leave three times, but on the last time Gary finally admits to Miranda that he loves her. Gary admits he has commitment issues, and that is what she wants. She wants to be in a committed relationship with him. The episode ends with Miranda between Mike and Gary who have both just proposed to her. The episode was so enjoyable with callbacks to previous episodes. It is one of my favorites because Miranda ends up at the same hotel and we get to see Jason again. This time he has to deal with both Miranda and Stevie whose friendship is so beautiful in this episode.
3. “Holiday” (Series 1, Episode 4)
Exciting. I’m a trouser press. Open me up. Insert something inside of- that sounds wrong.
The group accuses Miranda of not being wild enough, and to prove that she is she decides to go to Thailand. As the episode progresses one by one they learn Miranda only went around the corner to stay at a local hotel. However, she does prove she did have a wild holiday. It may have not been intentional but through the course of the episode she accidently ordered an escort who turned out to be Clive, and impersonated another person. Miranda proves you can have a wild time even if you do not leave your place of comfort. I can relate to this because I may not always be in the middle of a dance floor, but I’m a person who finds some of the smallest things amusing.
2. “Just Act Normal” (Series 2, Episode 5)
Mother and daughter. Mother’s protective instinct has become dominating fueled by fear of how she is perceived by outer world. Daughter seeks mother’s guidance and approval as she is yet to find her own voice.
Some of my favorite episodes are bottle episodes because they are character driven. Miranda and Penny are forced to see a therapist, and from that we get a wonderful episode of them trying to act normal. These two are never normal, and it is the reason why I dearly love them. They may bicker with one another, but the similarities between the two of them are evident. What makes this episode even more special is the finale of Miranda. The therapist is in the finale with her friends and family, but Miranda has finally been able to find her own voice. The finale has brought this episode so much closer to my heart.
1. “The Dinner Party” (Series 3, Episode 3)
Lord. We thank you for the music. The songs we are singing. We thank you for your bread of heaven. Bread of heaven, feed me til I want no more. Feed me til I want no more. So much. Thank you very much. To you, God. Please. Amen.
Miranda tries to prove she is now sophisticated in her adult relationship with Mike, but her plans slowly crumble during her adult dinner party. Miranda gives this big speech about who she is. She is someone who loves things that some would call childish, but it is what makes her happy. The most beautiful part of this episode is her friends accept her for who she is. They will have her back because she brings happiness to their lives. I had a difficult time with the love triangle between Miranda, Mike, and Gary because I genuinely love Mike. Mike loves Miranda for her quirky self. He doesn’t want to change her. He is this wonderful guy, and it was so hard to see him go in the end of the series.
I will dearly miss Miranda because after all who wouldn’t want this wonderful series in their life?
Because it will always remind you to have fun.