Will Grayson, Will Grayson Summary
Our story is all about a boy named Will Grayson. And another boy named Will Grayson. Confused yet? We've got you covered.
The first Will Grayson lives in a Chicago suburb and has a best friend named Tiny Cooper who is (1) extremely huge and (2) extremely gay. Will also may or may not have a crush on Tiny's friend, Jane. Sure, Will thinks she's cute and wouldn't mind going out with her, but he doesn't know if he could make it through the eventual heartbreak at the end. Oh, love.
Aside from all the drama with Jane, Will also isn't too thrilled about Tiny Dancer: The Tiny Cooper Story, the upcoming semi-biographical musical Tiny is planning to write, direct, and star in at their high school. Will is already feeling a little let down when he, Tiny, and Jane go into Chicago to see a concert, so when Will can't get in with his fake ID, he decides to do the next best thing—go buy some porn.
The second will grayson (we'll write his name in lowercase letters to distinguish him from the other Will Grayson) also lives in a Chicago suburb, but he has some different problems. Not only is will struggling with depression, but he's also in love with Isaac—a boy from Ohio he's only met online. Ugh.
Meanwhile at school, will's friend Maura is constantly trying to flirt with him. She also kind of wonders if will is gay, which he neither confirms nor denies. When Isaac suggests to will that they meet in downtown Chicago at a place called Frenchy's, will is over the moon. That is, until he realizes that Frenchy's is a porn shop.
And here's where the stories of our two Will Graysons intersect. They both meet in the porn shop as will realizes the horrible truth—Isaac isn't real. It was just Maura pretending to be someone else online. Ouch.
After the concert, Tiny and Jane meet up with the two Will Graysons and Tiny takes an instant liking to will. By the end of the night, the two boys are kissing in Millennium Park. Will and Jane also lock lips for a bit, but then Jane confesses that she's actually thinking of getting back together with her ex-boyfriend. Guess Will missed his chance.
The next day, will and Tiny are dating. Will and Jane, on the other hand, are not, which really bums Will out since he has finally realized how much he likes her. In response to these new developments, Tiny decides to rewrite his musical to be more about love, and Jane and Will discuss Schrödinger's cat, which is way more romantic than it seems. Finally Jane realizes that Will is behind a special little romantic gesture from the night of the concert and decides to give him a chance after all. Aww.
But sadly, things aren't going so well for will and Tiny. will ends up breaking up with Tiny, which just makes Tiny feel sad and unappreciated. His relationship with Will isn't much better since Will is pretty sick of playing the supporting role in the story of Tiny's fabulous life. Eventually, the two best friends are able to bury the hatchet as Will admits that he really does love Tiny Cooper—in a totally platonic, best friend kind of way, of course.
On the opening night of Tiny's musical, will grayson decides to show up to tell Tiny Cooper just how awesome he is—by getting a whole handful of local Will Graysons to come see the show. At the end of the musical, will stands up and tells Tiny how much he appreciates him, and the other Will Graysons follow suit. Then the non-Will Graysons join in as well. Everyone loves and appreciates Tiny Cooper and all is right with the world of both Will Graysons again.
- This story begins with a little flashback from our friendly narrator, Will Grayson.
- Will remembers that his dad once told him that he could pick his friends and that he could pick his nose, but he couldn't pick his friends' noses. Nice one, Dad.
- Now that he's older, Will realizes this is pretty much all wrong. After all, if you could pick your friends, then Will wouldn't have ended up stuck with Tiny Cooper.
- Tiny is really huge and really gay, and he and Will have been best friends since fifth grade.
- Well, except for last semester in high school when Tiny kind of did his own thing and Will branched off with a new group of friends.
- Of course, this new group of friends doesn't talk to him anymore because he wrote a letter to the school newspaper sticking up for Tiny, who was both really gay and a really good football player.
- Apparently, the word "bitchsquealer" was tossed around and Will quickly found himself with no friends again. Except, of course, for Tiny Cooper.
- Now it's February and Will is sitting next to Tiny in their pre-calculus class and Tiny is telling Will that he's so in love.
- Will isn't very impressed because Tiny is always falling in love with some new boy. Tiny thinks Will is a bit cynical because Will doesn't seem to believe in love and basically has two rules in life: Don't care too much and shut up.
- After class, Tiny's friends Gary (who's gay) and Jane (who may or may not be gay) tell him that everyone thinks Tiny is in love with Will. Tiny thinks the whole thing's a bit laughable, but Will tells him to let people know it's not true.
- So Tiny announces, in typical Tiny fashion, that he is not in love with Will… by pirouetting down the hallway and singing. Sigh.
- As Will heads to class, people tease him about being Tiny's boyfriend. Will pretty much ignores them because he doesn't seem too bothered by it and also because he has that whole rule about shutting up.
- That night, Will is home alone (his parents are doctors and off at work) when Tiny calls to tell him that their favorite band, Neutral Milk Hotel, is playing a reunion show in Chicago that night.
- Will rushes out to pick up Tiny; they meet Gary and Jane at the dive bar where the band is playing. But they quickly find out that the show is for cool kids over twenty-one only. Seems Tiny, Gary, and Jane all have fake IDs, but Will is out of luck. Bummer.
- Naturally, Tiny comes up with a plan—if Gary hits him right when they get up to the bouncer, Will can sneak in during the commotion. Not only is this pretty inspired thinking on Tiny's part, it also works.
- Inside the bar, Will makes his way to the stage, but when the band finally comes out they don't look much like Neutral Milk Hotel. They don't sound much like them either. Um, because it's not them. Darn you, Tiny Cooper.
- Will is pretty annoyed because this band clearly stinks and obviously used Neutral Milk Hotel's good name to get people to come to their cruddy show tonight. But just then a weeping Tiny Cooper comes up behind him.
- It seems that Zach, the boy that Tiny was so in love with that morning, has broken up with him via Facebook status. Burn.
- Tiny is freaking out because they were totally, madly, truly in love, so he starts buying shots. Jane realizes this is going to be an issue because Tiny Cooper is on his way to being both super drunk and super huge.
- So Will and Jane get Tiny into the car and head home. He's pretty hysterical and pretty drunk, but they finally get him into his room where he promptly collapses on the floor.
- Of course Will and Jane can't move Tiny, so they put a pillow under his head and blanket over him. Before they leave, Will notices that the passed-out Tiny has all kinds of snot draining out of his nose.
- They can't get Tiny up, so Will decides there's only one thing he can do. He proves his dad wrong again when he picks Tiny's nose for him. Gross… but also pretty funny.
- This next chapter is narrated by a different guy that has—wait for it—the same name. This will grayson tells his story using all lowercase letters, though. Um, symbolism much?
- will starts out nice and cheery. He tells us that he's "constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me." We think he's joking… but only kind of.
- As he leaves the house, will's mom tries to talk to him, but he brushes her off. If Tiny Cooper thought that his Will Grayson was cynical, well, he definitely needs to meet this one to see the teenage angst kicked up about a thousand notches.
- When will gets to school that morning (after day-dreaming about how nice it would be to die in a school bus crash), his friend Maura is waiting for him.
- will and Maura share a mutually gloomy outlook on life; it's sort of how they became friends. Maura also gives him free coffee. Pretty soon, will's friends Derek and Simon come over to see them.
- School is pretty much an annoyance for will, and the only thing he does all morning that's in any way worthwhile is write the name Isaac over and over again in his notebook. Hmm… who's Isaac?
- At lunch, will sits with Derek and Simon but they don't talk much. During math, Maura passes him notes, but he doesn't pass any back. He thinks that Maura might like him in a more-than-friends way and he isn't really sure what to do about it.
- After school, will heads home. He thinks about going to the skate park, but it's pretty freaking cold outside (he's in the Chicago suburbs, too), plus the kids that skate there are jerks. So no thank you.
- At home, will checks to see if Isaac's online yet. Isaac's the only person who will talks to online—he even told Maura that his mom made him get rid of instant messenger so she wouldn't keep bugging him every two minutes online.
- Finally Isaac messages will. It's obvious he's pretty into this kid—this is the one person will has absolutely no cynicism for.
- will and Isaac met in an online forum for a singer they both liked. It's not a great story, but will thinks that one day maybe they can hire that singer to play at their wedding. You know, because will totally has a crush on Isaac.
- Of course, Isaac lives in Ohio and neither of them can ask their parents to drive them to another state to meet some boy. That would open up a whole can of worms that will is not ready for. In fact, no one even knows that will talks to Isaac.
- So they just talk. Every day. And the awesome thing is that it makes will feel better.
- Eventually, Isaac has to go (he's talking to will at work) so will heads downstairs to watch some television and snark about it.
- will's mom comes home and starts dinner and talks to him. She's going to play poker with her girlfriends that night and maybe she can win some more money for will's car fund.
- His mom really wants him to have a car, but will doesn't think she needs to buy him one; she's a single mom and they don't have a lot of money. He gets it, and it makes him feel bad that she feels bad. Geez. Moms.
- Mom would like to know if will has taken his depression medication that day. Of course will has, but he obviously doesn't want to talk about it.
- That night, Maura calls but will ignores the phone. Then he gets on the computer and sees that Isaac is back online. They talk for an hour. will wishes he could hear Isaac's voice on the phone, but Isaac isn't allowed to have his own cell.
- will isn't a very hopeful person (gee, really?) but he can't stop himself from wishing that this crazy thing with Isaac works out. After all, he's totally in love with this boy. Aww.
- Nothing much happens to Will for a week, and then, on Thursday night, Tiny calls Will and tells him that he should really come to the next Gay-Straight Alliance meeting.
- Will is sort of opposed to extra-curricular activities, but Tiny tells him that they need to get their attendance numbers up so the group can get more funding. If they don't have money, then the group won't be able to finance their production of Tiny Dancer, a musical written by Tiny that's also his life story.
- Will isn't sure that a Tiny-based musical is such a swell idea, but he agrees to come anyway, mostly because it's tough to say no to Tiny Cooper.
- A little bit later, Will gets a friend request and a message from Jane. The conversation starts to turn a little flirty, which sort of freaks Will out. Remember his rule about not caring? Caring only leads to weeping and heartbreak and huge freak-outs.
- The next day after school, Will makes an appearance at the Gay-Straight Alliance meeting. When he sees Jane there it becomes clear that Tiny has an ulterior motive—he's trying to get Will and Jane together. Will is so not into relationships.
- After a minute, Gary and his boyfriend, Nick, come into the room along with some other kids and Mr. Fortson, their faculty adviser.
- Will figures out pretty quickly that Gary and Nick have broken up, though, mostly because Nick is into Tiny. Oh, the drama.
- Mr. Fortson calls the meeting to order and asks the group to vote on whether or not they should ask for funding for Tiny Dancer. Gary doesn't much like the idea, but Jane is all for it.
- Then Gary points out that Jane's not actually gay, so she really doesn't know what she's talking about. Mr. Fortson is trying to smooth over this conflict when Tiny interrupts to loudly suggest that Jane should go out with Will because Will thinks she's cute.
- Oh man. The mortification never ends when you're Tiny Cooper's best friend.
- Will and Jane don't say anything for the rest of the meeting, but the group finally decides to go ahead with Tiny Dancer.
- Afterward, Tiny tracks Will down at his locker. Will is ticked, but Tiny is in good spirits. Jane totally likes Will—she just confirmed it to him after the meeting. Squee!
- This is good and bad news for Will. Does he kind of like Jane? Yeah. But is all the relationship drama and the eventual heartbreak worth a few moments of make out joy? No, no it is not.
- Tiny doesn't understand, but thankfully he moves onto other subjects. Like Nick, who really likes him. Will doesn't think this is such a good idea since Gary and Nick just broke up yesterday and Gary is Tiny's friend.
- But Nick and Tiny are totally going to go see a band on Friday. That's fine, right? Will should come with them—except the bar is for over twenty-one, too. Bummer.
- Ah, but Tiny has a plan (because Tiny always has a plan). Tiny calls Jane and tells her that she needs to take Will to get a fake ID. Before Will can figure out a way to kill him, Tiny skips away.
- Jane shows up a few minutes later and Will can't really do much but get in the car and go with her.
- They talk about music for a few minutes before Jane pulls over and tries to kiss Will. Oh man.
- Will is totally mortified and so is Jane when she realizes that Will isn't into her—or at least isn't into relationships. Awkward. They agree to forget this whole thing.
- Jane finally parks near a copy store and they go inside. There, they meet a heavily-tattooed stoner named Paulie who can make Will a "replacement" ID for about a hundred bucks.
- So Will and Jane make up a whole new identity: Will is now Ishmael J. Biafra and he just turned twenty-two last month. Nice.
- Jane shows Will her fake ID while they wait and Will tells her that the picture is really good. He realizes that he does sort of like her, but also wants to keep his distance. This love thing is so confusing.
- Afterward, Jane starts skipping down the street and shouts for Will to join her—he is a man now, after all. Will figures why not.
- will is at work at CVS when Maura stops by. He's stocking shelves when she decides to ask him if he's gay.
- He's pretty annoyed because he does not want to discuss this with Maura. Sure, if will told her the truth she would stop flirting with him, but he also doesn't want to turn into her gay best friend either. So he tries to change the subject.
- But Maura's not having it, so finally will tells her that she shouldn't call him gay just because he doesn't want to have sex with her; not every guy in the world wants to sleep with her. She's pretty hurt and storms out of the CVS.
- After work, will heads home. Isaac's not online, so he sits and watches Pride and Prejudice on TV with his mom. He keeps ignoring his incoming calls, too, and then the doorbell rings. It's Maura.
- She needs to talk, so will takes her out to the garage and she unloads on him. Why won't he tell her that he's gay? And who is this Isaac person?
- Wait… what?
- Maura says she saw Isaac's name in will's little notebook doodles. She's kind of famous for snooping into will's things.
- will thinks fast and tells Maura that Isaac is just some character he made up; she seems to buy it and makes dreamy eyes at will. During this entire conversation, will hasn't actually said he's not gay—he's just dodged Maura's question—but apparently she's back to pining for him. Ugh.
- Inside the house, will's mom turns off the TV and they talk for a few minutes. Mom really thinks she needs to get a life instead of spending all her Saturday nights home alone pining for Mr. Darcy to come sweep her off her feet.
- will kind of agrees, but tells her he'll let her know if he sees any cute guys on horseback wearing waistcoats or something.
- Back in his room, will has a message from Isaac. They start talking about their days and will is instantly relieved. The conversation slowly turns to sexy talk…
- Isaac and will do this sometimes. Mostly they just joke around and say the kind of corny stuff you might read in a romance novel, but tonight they're honest with each other. Isaac just wants to hold will in his arms and be totally at peace.
- Then Isaac suggests the very thing that will wants the most—that they should meet. How about Friday? That's only six days away.
- will is over-the-moon happy. Isaac is the one person in the entire world whom he wants to share everything with. That has to mean something, doesn't it?
- Will doesn't have much going on that weekend, but his dad pulls him aside on Sunday night to discuss THE FUTURE (yes, all caps—you know how dads can be). It seems there's a nice program at Northwestern where Will can attend both college and medical school at the same time. Wouldn't that be a nice way to spend your future, son?
- Lots of kids wouldn't listen when their parents try to steer them toward the same career that they have, but Will is different. His parents probably do know better than him. Heck, anyone would know better than him.
- The next morning at school, Clint (one of Will's former friends) comes up to Will to let him know that Tiny is going to talk to the student council about getting funding for Tiny Dancer. He also asks if Will is going to play himself in the gayest musical ever—because Clint is a jerkface.
- Just then Jane and Tiny show up and Clint heads off (because no one messes with Tiny Cooper). Jane is cold because it's winter in Chicago and they are all standing outside, so Will offers her his jacket as they head inside.
- Will doesn't see Jane all day, but after his last class, he unlocks his locker and—voilà—his coat is stuffed inside. Weird.
- On his way to the car, Will sees Tiny talking with Clint. Ugh. Once Tiny gets in the car, Will asks him to knock off this Tiny Dancer stuff, saying it's kind of embarrassing.
- Will asks what he needs to do to get Tiny to stop, and Tiny says date Jane. Ha.
- Will's not into Jane, though. Well, he is, but he's not going to date her because of heartbreak and all that.
- Tiny starts banging his head against the car horn over and over again—he's not going to stop until Will says he'll call Jane. Will finally agrees. So no Tiny Dancer, then?
- Oh no, Tiny Dancer's still happening. Tiny has to live his dream, after all, and he's going to need Will to be in the play.
- Will's all no way—in fact, Tiny needs to just write him out completely.
- Tiny explains that the character of Gil Wrayson isn't Will Grayson; he's just a fictional character. Besides, Tiny can't just change his art because it makes Will uncomfortable.
- Yeah, Tiny Dancer is so happening.
- That night, Will is listening to the band they're going to go see on Friday—the Maybe Dead Cats—and he actually really likes them. He wants to talk about it with someone, so he decides to give Jane a call.
- They talk about the band and the impending terror Will has about Tiny Dancer, then Jane asks him if he got the note that she stuck in his jacket pocket that day.
- Will fishes through his dirty pockets and finds a note from Jane thanking him for the coat and letting him know that he really should be more careful when he unlocks his locker—you never know who might be hanging around watching and memorizing his locker combination.
- Will doesn't know what to say. He likes Jane, but he doesn't (also, that's a creepy note). So, he says the worst thing possible: "Very cute."
- Oh, man. Jane finally gets it. Besides, she just got out of relationship so that's probably why she's getting a little bit clingy with Will in the first place.
- After the world's most awkward good-bye, Will feels terrible, so he calls Tiny and just tells him everything. He likes Jane, but he doesn't like Jane; he doesn't want to care, but he does. What the hell?
- Will decides he has to do something, so at school on Friday, he secretly watches Jane open her locker and memorizes her combination: 25-2-11. Then he emails the Maybe Dead Cats. Would they pretty please consider dedicating their song at tonight's concert—"Annus Miribalis"—to 25-2-11? They write back and say sure, "Anything for love."
- That night, Tiny, Jane, and Will stop to eat hot dogs and then head to the concert. Will is all ready to use his fake ID, but when the bouncer takes a look at it, he won't let Will in. Seems Paulie put the wrong birthdate on it; pretend-Will won't turn twenty-one until January.
- Will tells Tiny and Jane to go ahead without him, even though, for a second, he kind of hopes they won't leave him, that they'll insist on staying with him and all missing the show together. But Tiny and Jane go inside anyway.
- Will's stuck there just waiting, so he heads back to the hot dog place. He has a couple hours to kill before the concert is over, though. What's he supposed to do with this weak fake ID? Buy cigarettes? Or maybe buy porn? Now there's an idea…
- Will heads toward an "Adult Books" sign outside a store across from the bar that Jane and Tiny are in. The clerk takes a look at him, but doesn't ask to see his ID.
- Dead set on using his ID for something, Will demands that the clerk card him. Okay, sure thing, Ishmael J. Biafra.
- Will wanders around looking for something to buy that will make Tiny and Jane laugh; at least he'll have a good story and something funny to show them when they're done with the concert. The traitors.
- So Will settles on a nice bit of Spanish-language porn called Mano a Mano. Classy.
- will is freaking out: In just twenty hours, he's finally going to meet Isaac. Eek.
- He's sitting at lunch with Derek and Simon when they mention the big mathletes competition tonight. Is will excited?
- Um, will's so unexcited that he totally forgot. Can Derek and Simon get someone to fill in? No, but will can. Any warm body will do—they only need to show up with four players to compete.
- The only trouble is that will has sort of run out of friends. Though, of course, there's Maura. will finally talks her into helping out, but only by agreeing that he totally owes her and he's going pay her fifty bucks. Sigh.
- Maura still suspects there's something that will's not telling her. It can't really be true that he promised to take a trip to Chicago with his mom that weekend, right?
- will insists he's told her the truth and nothing but.
- At home, will and Isaac talk over email about their plan. They're going to meet at a place called Frenchy's on the north side of Chicago. Yay.
- will spends a little bit of time freaking out about what to wear and how he looks before getting on the train to the city. He's told his mom that he's headed to a big mathletes competition there, which is so very close to being the truth.
- Once will gets into the city, he walks over Frenchy's. He's late, but he's practically dying to finally see Isaac… until he spots Frenchy's.
- It's a porn shop.
- will thinks this must be a mistake, but after circling around the block again, he figures out that this is the right place. He's meeting the love of his life at a porn shop.
- Figuring this is all just a weird mistake, will heads inside to find his man.
- Will hears the bell ring and watches another teenage boy walk in. The kid doesn't get carded either, but just stares at Will for a minute. Weird.
- The clerk rings up the magazine and Will pulls out his debit card to pay. As the guy looks at it, Will realizes something: The name on his ID is Ishmael J. Biafra, but the name on that card is William Grayson.
- Super loudly, the clerk announces to the entire store that William Grayson is not the name on the ID.
- Just then, the other kid in the store walks up to the counter. Did someone call him? When the kid follows Will outside, they put together that both Will and will are named William Grayson. That's a pretty weird coincidence, right?
- Does Will happen to know Isaac, will wonders?
- Will says he doesn't, but he can tell that the other will is pretty freaked out and not just about the name thing, so he decides to talk to him and asks him about Isaac.
- Eventually both Wills end up spilling their stories. Will tells him all about getting ditched by Tiny and Jane and the song and the locker combination, and will talks about Isaac. Will can tell that will's not attached to Isaac in a friends-only kind of way.
- Neither of them can make sense of what's happening. What are the chances of two Will Graysons meeting up on the same night at the same porn store in Chicago? What does it all mean?
- Just then Will's phone rings. And will's rings, too. Okay, that might be one coincidence too many.
- It's Tiny—the concert is almost over and they're going to come find Will in a minute.
- I'm across the street, Will tells him, and have I got the guy for you. Ha.
- Okay, this is really freaky.
- Not only did will not meet Isaac in the porn shop, but he met another Will Grayson. Too weird.
- And where the heck is Isaac? Is he late? Did he panic when he saw that they were actually meeting at a porn shop?
- When will's phone rings and he sees that it's Maura, he has to pick it up. She doesn't sound happy, and she has questions. How's Chicago? Where's your mom?
- Then she lets it all out: "Isaac's not coming, you fucking liar." Wow.
- How does she know this? Maura must have hacked into his emails or stolen his password! How dare she?
- Nope, it's actually way worse than that. Maura is Isaac. She made him up. Yikes.
- will practically explodes. He calls Maura all kinds of names that are not fit to print and, let's face it, she kind of deserves it, right? That's a super nasty trick to play on someone.
- When he hangs up the phone, will is shaking with rage and hurt and pain and all that terrible stuff.
- He tells Will the truth—Isaac is Maura; she was playing a joke on him.
- Will is pretty shocked. That is one mean thing to do to a person. For real.
- will resists the urge to curl up into a little ball and die, while Will listens to him asking why over and over.
- Then will hears footsteps approaching, and pretty soon a gigantic guy who introduces himself as Tiny is standing in front of will.
- Did someone die? Tiny wants to know.
- Yeah, will says, I did.
- This makes Tiny grin—"well, then… welcome to the afterlife."
- Will might not always appreciate Tiny, but the guy knows how to help someone in need. He totally commiserates with poor will grayson.
- Since Tiny clearly has things handled with the heartbroken will grayson, Will makes his way over to Jane, who's talking on the phone.
- When she hangs up, Jane wants to know who Tiny's talking to.
- Oh, that's just will grayson, Will explains. Yeah, it's been a trippy night for everyone.
- Will and Jane decide to take a walk and he explains what happened that night. At the end of the story, Jane asks if Will has ever experienced an epiphany. Huh?
- Actually, Jane says, she probably shouldn't be talking about this with Will at all, but it's about her ex-boyfriend.
- Oh, man, Will thinks. Then he realizes the truth: He likes her. Will actually likes Jane. Darn it.
- So Will proposes an idea—for the next ten minutes, they both tell each other the truth. About everything. He starts.
- He tells Jane he likes her. Yes, it's lame, because now she's talking to the ex-boyfriend and now that he thinks about it he's actually kind of jealous and he likes her.
- And Jane tells him that she used to date this guy named Randall and that she knew he would be at the concert that night. So he found her and told her that he'd had an epiphany—they should get back together. And he quoted an e.e. cummings poem to her. And also dedicated a song to her—Randall is the only person who knows her locker combination.
- Will tells Jane he can't stand twerps who quote poetry, but he stops short of telling her the full truth about the song. That's not exactly a lie, is it?
- Will tells her that he thinks being with her would be amazing and terrible at the same time. But maybe he feels this way because she's just supposed to be with this jerk, Randall?
- They still have four minutes of truth when Will leans in to kiss Jane. Yes, Will likes her. He really likes her.
- Finally Jane has to get home, so she hails a cab and Will walks back toward Tiny and will.
- The two boys aren't in front of Frenchy's anymore, though. Will tries to call Tiny but can't get a hold of him, so after waiting a while, he decides that Tiny's gotten a ride back home.
- That night before going to bed, Will goes online to read up on e.e. cummings. Take that, Randall.
- The next morning at school, Will sees tons of posters up for Tiny Dancer. He slips a note in Jane's locker letting her know that e.e. cummings cheated on both of his wives. With prostitutes. Oh, it is on.
- will grayson cannot stop thinking about Tiny Cooper.
- It all started that night in front of Frenchy's. Tiny is trying to help
him, and the other Will is, too; he tells will that love and truth are
tied together. That's deep.
- When Will leaves to follow Jane, Tiny gives will a hug. will tries to brush him off, but Tiny is not
having it. He offers to sing a song from Tiny Dancer: The Tiny Cooper Story.
- And boy, does he. Tiny belts the song out right there in the middle of the
street and will can't help but melt a little. At least this person is
trying to help him. Like, really trying.
- So Tiny and will take a walk, and Tiny tells him all about Tiny Dancer. will thinks he's a bit crazy, but is glad he doesn't have to talk about evil Maura and the Isaac disaster.
- In Millennium Park, Tiny heads toward a huge reflective sculpture nicknamed the Bean. will is kind of amazed with how genuine and comfortable Tiny is with himself. He's also a little bit annoyed by it, too.
- He tells Tiny that he sounds kind of gay.
- Um, yeah, Tiny agrees. Duh.
- It's just that will doesn't really like gay people.
- Tiny counters by saying will must like himself, right?
- Little by little, Tiny breaks through will's hurt and cynicism by being
completely, fabulously happy and unflappable. Why would Tiny care about
will? What does will matter to anyone? Well, he matters to Tiny, darn
- It's just then that Tiny announces that he doesn't kiss on the first date, though he's been known to make exceptions.
- will is pretty surprised, but also can't deny that Tiny is pretty darn
attractive. Sure, he's huge and giant, but there's just something about
him that draws will in. Oh, Tiny.
- So will kisses him. He kisses a boy for the first time. And luckily, kissing Tiny is not like kissing a sofa.
- After they kiss for a while, Tiny realizes that he doesn't even know will's
name. When he tells him, Tiny jumps off the bench and starts screaming,
"I kissed will grayson!"
- Then they just talk for a while and ask each other all kinds of questions. will still seems pretty doubtful
about Tiny—after all, will's not some warm, loving person that Tiny can
just snuggle into a ball of happiness.
- But Tiny's not convinced. He thinks will grayson is just plain wrong about himself, and that love will conquer all.
- Oh, boy.
- The next morning at school, Tiny is over the moon about will grayson. He's seriously dreamy-eyed and they've been texting each other all morning. Plus Tiny cannot believe that he kissed will grayson.
- Will Grayson is a little less impressed. In fact, he's kind of annoyed that Tiny never told him that Jane has a total twerp for an ex-boyfriend.
- Tiny's all I had no clue, and besides he has more important things to worry about since the auditions for Tiny Dancer are this afternoon.
- Will asks Tiny one last time to please change the name of the Gil Wrayson character—pretty please—and Tiny says he'll think about it.
- Tiny also mentions that Jane's ex-boyfriend is a gorgeous hunk of man and that he thinks they should get back together. After all, Will isn't interested, right? Right?
- Will has had enough of Tiny, so he decides to follow one of his own rules and shut up. He stops talking to Tiny for the rest of the day.
- By the time school ends, Tiny is following Will around practically begging him to talk. Jane is with him when Tiny finally agrees to change Gil Wrayson's name to Phil Wrayson. Ah, progress.
- Will is okay with it (at least Tiny is trying), but he also wants to pick the person who ends up playing Phil Wrayson. That's not too much to ask, is it?
- Since Jane is taken, Will is finding it much easier to flirt with her. And because he now pretty much likes her, he invites her to go watch the Tiny Dancer auditions with him.
- Will isn't expecting many people to show up at the Tiny Dancer auditions, so he's pretty surprised when he sees at least fifty people lounging around in the auditorium waiting to try out for the play. Tiny's story is more compelling than he thinks.
- Tiny calls each candidate up to sing a one-minute song—if they can sing, they'll get a call back to read for a part. The singing is a mixed bag, but Tiny thinks he can scrape something together.
- Gary ends up getting the part of Phil Wrayson (which Will okays), even though Gary's a little grossed out by the fact that he's going to have to kiss a girl. Yuck.
- As the four of them leave the auditorium, Tiny is feeling pretty good. Fifty-five people tried out for his play, his hair looks amazing, and he just got a text from his new favorite will grayson. Boo ya.
- By the time will grayson gets home from Chicago, he has twenty-seven texts from Tiny. He's still pretty devastated about Isaac not existing, but he also decides that he just does not care.
- So when he sees his mom standing in the kitchen, he goes ahead and tells her he's gay.
- His mom is surprised, but pretty darn cool about it. She was wondering who Isaac was anyway—will kept saying his name while he was sleeping.
- Um, yeah… Isaac. will tells her that he saw him in Chicago, and his nickname is actually Tiny even though he's huge. (Nice cover, will.)
- will's mom just hugs him. Yay for mother-son bonding.
- Mom also mentions that Maura called, but will tells her that Maura is pretty much a jerkface and he doesn't ever want to talk to her again. Fair enough.
- After all this love and goodness, will heads to his room and creates a new screen name and starts chatting with Tiny. The future's looking pretty darn good.
- Tiny sends will an audio file with one of the songs from Tiny Dancer on it. It's all about how Tiny realized he was gay at summer drama camp; Tiny is hoping it will inspire will.
- will just thinks it sounds really gay, though to be fair, will isn't much into musicals. He is, however, touched by the gesture. Oh, Tiny.
- At school the next day, will spends a whole bunch of time ignoring Maura, who keeps trying to apologize like crazy. Not sure exactly how you say sorry for inventing a whole person and betraying your friend, but hey, it's worth a shot, we guess.
- At lunch, will decides to come out and let Simon and Derek in the on the truth: He's gay.
- Simon is mildly disgusted for a minute, but then will points out how weird and gross opposite sex relationships are, too. Simon has to admit he has a point. Crisis adverted.
- Tiny texts will about every two seconds, which should annoy him but doesn't because Tiny is all happiness and joy all the time.
- After school, Maura tries to talk to will again—she found out that he told people he's gay and that he met someone in Chicago—but will totally shuts her down. Seriously, Maura, you brought this on yourself.
- The next day at school, will thinks he might be noticing a little teeny tiny gay backlash, but it's nothing major. Plus he doesn't care, so take that, bullies.
- Maura doesn't try to talk to him today, though. It's weird because will misses Isaac, but he doesn't miss Maura, even though Isaac was Maura. Basically, will just wants her to go away and leave him alone.
- Later that day, a kid named Gideon comes up to will. Gideon is gay, too, and just wants to welcome will to the club and be supportive and all.
- Oh, and ask will out.
- Wow. will lets Gideon down easy, since he already has a boyfriend and all.
- That night, will and Tiny are talking and will says he wants to visit; this relationship can't be all in his head like it was with Isaac.
- Of course Tiny is down. How soon can will get there?
- Will wakes up to the sound of Tiny honking over and over again in his driveway. It's 5:43AM, but they need to get to school—now.
- Tiny has been drinking quite a lot of Red Bull and he has a couple things to tell Will on the car ride over there. The most important one is that Tiny has decided that he needs to rewrite Tiny Dancer. He stayed up all night reworking it and the play now has a new title—Hold Me Closer. It's about love now.
- At school, Tiny starts blocking new scenes in the auditorium and Will wonders why exactly Tiny had to wake him up. Well, Tiny had to tell someone didn't he? Sigh.
- At lunch, Will finds out that Jane is sick. As in, so sick she had to spend the day at the botanical garden with her ex-boyfriend. Double sigh.
- That night, Will tries to talk to Tiny about his Jane troubles, but he's still busy with Hold Me Closer rewrites and the other will grayson.
- Will is starting to feel a bit like a sidekick, like Tiny is the superhero and Will is just tagging along on his adventures. He remembers when he and Tiny were younger and they would look out for each other. Will knows it's not the other will grayson's fault for what's happening now, but still.
- And then suddenly, Will just has to see Jane. He calls Gary to ask for her address and then he just goes there. Outside the house, he texts Jane and then waits. Not that he's a stalker or anything…
- Jane comes out and Will pretends to have a question about science. Specifically Schrödinger's cat, which Jane's favorite band—the Maybe Dead Cats—is named for.
- The gist of Jane's explanation is that if you put a cat in a sealed box and you're not sure whether it's dead or alive until you open the box, the cat can't be both dead and alive while you're in the dark.
- Will slightly begs to differ—after all, he both liked and didn't like Jane. That is until he opened the box (with some help from the ex-boyfriend) and figured out that he's totally into her.
- This is all getting kind of complex, but Jane doesn't seem to mind. Maybe the cat is alive after all… Or maybe the cat just has a boyfriend.
- will's mom wants to meet Tiny and is clearly pretty thrilled about her son's first boyfriend—she's cleaning the house like crazy and making a fancy dinner when Tiny's car pulls up.
- will is a bit surprised when Tiny pulls up in a silver Mercedes. He never realized that his big hunk of man was also super rich.
- Naturally, Tiny is a hit with the parents. What's not to love about Tiny Cooper?
- Over dinner, he tells will's mom all about Hold Me Closer and how the rewrites are going. It's kind of stressing him out, but it's nothing Tiny Cooper can't handle.
- Tiny also mentions that he brought Mom a hostess gift. It's a fancy glass bowl that's clearly way nicer than anything will's mom has in the rest of the house. It's so beautiful that Mom almost cries. Aww.
- He also treats her to some songs from Hold Me Closer and will's mom is totally smitten with Tiny.
- will finally shows Tiny his room and Tiny notices that will takes medication for depression; Tiny admits that he feels depressed sometimes, too.
- will knows it's not the same thing, though. Everyone feels down or sad sometimes, but depression is different—what will feels is different. Of course he doesn't say any of this, though.
- When will gets a text from Gideon, Tiny seems a teensy bit jealous, but will assures them that he and Gideon are just friends.
- Then they kiss.
- When Tiny asks about will's dad, will kind of freaks out a little. It's not that he thinks Tiny is being nosy or anything, he's just not ready for this kind of intimacy.
- Bad things are always happening to will—he's constantly in pain—but Tiny makes him forget about all that. will thinks the other shoe is going to drop eventually, though—that one day Tiny will be gone and will will be back to feeling miserable about himself.
- But for now, Tiny is so sweet and so kind that will can't help but just give in a little. Even if he doesn't really believe that all this lovey stuff is going to work out so well in the end.
- At school, Will runs into Tiny, but he's still busy with the play and the other will grayson and all that good stuff.
- At lunchtime, Will makes his way over to the auditorium and overhears Tiny giving Gary advice about playing Phil Wrayson. Tiny explains that Phil says he doesn't care about anything, but he actually totally does, so Gary has to make the audience feel Phil's annoyingness.
- Will half expects Tiny to apologize, but he doesn't because he's much too wrapped up in the play to care. Will surprises himself when he starts crying. He just misses his best friend.
- So he walks out of school and to this Little League field that's on his way home.
- Will just sits there on the bleachers by himself and thinks about the time that he and Tiny played Little League together in sixth grade. When the coach yelled at Will, Tiny hauled off and punched him.
- Will realizes that it's not him who's been stuck with Tiny all these years, it's Tiny who's been stuck with him. Bummer.
- On the way home, Will calls Jane, but she doesn't answer. And he still likes her. A lot.
- At home, Will's dad is there and he knows Will is bummed about something, so he tells him a story. A doctor friend of his has no kids but a super fancy yacht. Well, Will is his yacht—all that time and effort he would have put into a boat has gone into his kid. And Will's dad is just so proud of him.
- That night, Will and his dad are making dinner when Jane stops by. She just has one question for Will: What's her locker combination?
- When Will tells her the right number, Jane says she knew it was him all along. Also, she broke up with the terrible ex-boyfriend at the botanical gardens. It's time to open the box and see if this cat is dead or alive.
- And they kiss. The cat is definitely alive.
- Will invites Jane in for dinner and his dad wonders if Jane was the thing that was really bumming Will out.
- Well, only partly—there's still Tiny—but Will guesses that he can't have everything.
- It's four days before Hold Me Closer opens and Tiny really needs to see will. It seems the other Will Grayson isn't talking to him and Tiny is bummed.
- So Tiny calls to say he's going to show up at will's school, which freaks will out a bit, but he tries not to show it.
- Gideon, meanwhile, thinks it's kind of sweet.
- will sneaks out of his physics lab to meet Tiny (and annoys Maura by mentioning that he's meeting his boyfriend).
- Naturally, Tiny is Tiny, so just about everyone notices him. And he wants to hold hands with will. Too bad will is not the hand-holding type.
- At lunch, will introduces Tiny to Simon, Derek, and Gideon. Simon and Derek are pretty surprised to see Tiny in the flesh and Tiny is clearly jealous of Gideon. It's slightly awkward.
- Will decides that they should just skip out on the rest of the day, but Tiny has one quick idea before they do. He makes a beeline over to Maura's table in the lunchroom.
- Tiny gives her a little speech about how Maura tried to ruin will's life, but she actually failed because he met Tiny and they're super happy. will has finally had enough and he drags Tiny out of the cafeteria.
- They get to the car and have it out. Tiny should not have done that—will has been ignoring Maura for a month.
- Tiny is upset because the day has taken kind of a bummer turn, so he suggests that they go to a special place that will make will happy again. will can't think of anywhere, though.
- Tiny suggests a swing set.
- will's neighbors have a swing set, so they head over there and sit; they talk about love. Tiny thinks that Sleeping Beauty is a pretty good metaphor for love: You have to push through all the thorns to get to the beauty.
- will isn't buying it, though; his life isn't some fairy tale musical like Tiny's is. His life is awful and Tiny's is magical and fabulous.
- Not so, Tiny tells him. He has problems, too. Like his size, for example. Does will think it's easy walking around with a few hundred pounds on your bones? It is not. But Tiny is fine with who he is; he doesn't want to be someone else.
- But you know what he would like? For someone to appreciate him for a minute. He tries so hard to make people happy and no one seems to care. Tiny is doing this whole musical to make a difference and no one seems to care. Poor Tiny.
- will realizes that this is not going to end well—he doesn't want to be with someone who loves him for his needs—so he ends things, saying he just can't do this and he doesn't feel anything.
- This isn't the truth, though, and once Tiny leaves, will realizes just how bad things have gotten. He does feel things, even though he tries not to. So he runs back to his house and calls his mom to tell her that he loves her. Because it's true. He does.
- Later, when will has calmed down a little, he calls Gideon. Being with him is different than being with Maura or Tiny. Gideon isn't looking for the best or worst in him; he's willing to like him for both.
- Before bed, will decides to IM Tiny. He just wants to tell him that he was right—he can do something good in the world. Someone sure needs to.
- But Tiny never answers back.
- The next day at school, Will talks to Tiny, but Tiny doesn't mention that he and the other will grayson broke up. He finally hears it from Jane.
- Will takes this as a bad sign. When Tiny Cooper doesn't spend hours moaning to you about his heartbreak, things are not looking good for your friendship.
- That night, Will hangs out with Jane but it's just not the same. He misses Tiny. He actually misses him.
- In school the next morning, Will starts to type an email to Tiny but never sends it. He misses him. Guess he didn't know what he had until he lost it. Just like with Jane.
- Later that day in the hallway, Tiny stops Will to tell him the truth: He and the other will grayson broke up. Does Will want to get dinner or something?
- Will says no. He is sort of tired of being Tiny's Plan B, and he also probably can't make it to the play.
- Yes, Will is kind of trying to hurt Tiny's feelings here. Poor Will. Poor Tiny.
- Jane also talks to Will about their relationship status. Are they or are they not dating? These are important questions, people. Facebook profiles must be updated.
- Just then, Will realizes that he does want to date Jane. He also loves Tiny Cooper more than anyone else in the world. In a totally best friend kind of way, of course.
- So Will runs to the Little League field to find Tiny. Why would Tiny be there? Because he and Will are best friends and Will knows that Tiny will be looking for him there. It's true bromance, yo.
- They talk for a minute, and finally Tiny says the magic words—he's sorry. He's sorry that he said all that stuff to Gary and about making Will into his little tag-along.
- Will has to admit that he loves Tiny, too; they can both be terrible to each other, but darn it, they're best friends and Will loves him.
- And of course Tiny loves him. Heck, he practically wrote an entire play about Will and their friendship.
- Now that everything is cool, Will wants to know if he can help with the play. Tiny thought he'd never ask—he needs help backstage, some Will Grayson-type clothes for the Phil Wrayson character, and a pre-show mix CD. Kthxbai.
- Will agrees and finishes up by saying that he's sorry about the other will grayson.
- Tiny is bummed, but he'll get over it. Now on with the show.
- Meanwhile, will grayson is kind of falling apart. Tiny won't talk to him and now that they've stopped texting, will sort of suspects that no one cares about him.
- Well, except for Gideon.
- will also still isn't talking to Maura, though he always tries to keep himself together in front of her so she won't see him freaking out.
- will's mom is trying to help, too. She even hid the beautiful glass bowl that Tiny brought her so will won't feel sad. Nice move, Mom.
- One night, will has an idea. He types the other Will Grayson's name into IM and starts messaging with him—maybe he'll understand a little of what's going on. Or maybe Will can at least fill him in on how Tiny is doing.
- So they talk. will asks how Tiny is doing, and Will says he's nervous; will asks whether Tiny knows that will is sorry, and Will says maybe.
- will tells Will that he is sorry—he wishes life wasn't trial and error all the time. will feels like everything is coming up errors lately.
- Will doesn't quite agree, though. Life is more like try-error-try. You have to keep going forward in order to find love and all that good stuff.
- Will asks will if he's going to be at the play tomorrow. will's not sure it's such a good idea, but says maybe—maybe it's an error, but maybe it's the thing that will lead to happiness. Neither Will knows for sure.
- The next morning, will's mom notices that he's feeling pretty awful. They talk and his mom says that sometimes you just have to let the anger out; you can't keep it all bottled inside. Oh, and will should totally go to Tiny's play. And talk to Maura.
- At school, will has to think about all this. Maybe his mom is right. Did he really give Tiny and Maura a chance? Should he?
- When he talks to Gideon, he agrees: will should go to the play. Gideon will even drive him there. Nice. Gideon also thinks he should talk to Maura.
- will decides that everyone is right. It's not like he wants to be friends with Maura again, it's just that he doesn't want to have to carry around all the bad feelings he has toward her anymore.
- will heads over to talk to Maura and lets her know how he's feeling. What she did was awful, but he realizes he was awful, too. He should have just been honest with her about not wanting to date her or be her best friend.
- Maura tells will that he didn't mind her much when he thought she was Isaac.
- Yeah, but that was a lie, will says.
- Oh, there's no such thing as a lie, Maura tells him.
- Maybe… But will doesn't want to love a lie. He wants to love someone who's real and honest and exists and accepts him for who he is. Is that so awful?
- During the car ride to Tiny's play, will and Gideon start talking. will wishes he could tell Tiny the truth—no, he doesn't want to date him, but he thinks he's great.
- Just then, Gideon has an idea, and even though it's kind of weird, will has to admit it's pretty darn perfect, too.
- Will and Jane spend the afternoon making that pre-show mix CD before heading over to the auditorium to help with the opening night of Hold Me Closer.
- Will runs into Gary, who looks weirdly like Will since he is playing Phil Wrayson.
- In the bathroom, Will hears some really loud vomiting. It's Tiny. His pukefest isn't only due to nerves; the two burritos he just ate get partial credit, too.
- Tiny starts to panic when he realizes that puking has wrecked his voice.
- Tiny has to sit silently with Will while the crew runs around looking for hot tea and Pepto-Bismol. Will never knew Tiny could get nervous. But it's not the play he's thinking about, it's will grayson. Is he there?
- When Will goes to check, he sees his parents, but no will grayson.
- Luckily, Tiny is feeling better when Will gets back.
- He brings everyone in for a pre-show huddle. This show is not about them, it's about changing lives. Let the magic begin.
- Backstage, Will and Jane watch what's happening. Truth be told, Will doesn't really know what to expect since he hasn't read or seen Tiny's updates to the play.
- The first scene takes place at the Little League field. The on-stage eight-year-old Tiny (played by a freshman) and the on-stage eight-year-old Will Grayson (played by Gary) are going through a scene that happened in real life. One of their teammates accuses Tiny of being gay, but Will comes to his defense saying that calling someone gay isn't an insult. And then they sing.
- Will remembers all this now. This all happened—well, except for the singing—but he forgot all about it.
- In the next scene, Tiny comes out to his on-stage parents via song, and they promise to always love him.
- And the next scene is at a faux Gay Pride Parade where Tiny comes out to Phil Wrayson. Just like in real life, Phil Wrayson isn't surprised.
- Will realizes that Tiny did make the whole play about love—the love between two best friends. So many feels.
- At the end of the first act, Will tells Tiny how amazing the play is. And he totally means it. Jane is pretty impressed by their friendship, and Will probably is a little bit, too.
- After intermission, the show starts again with Tiny swinging on a swing set on stage.
- He tells the audience that love is a miracle, especially the love between two guys because people think it's impossible. And yet Tiny keeps on falling in love.
- Just then, Will notices that he has a call. It's will grayson.
- will and Gideon arrive at intermission. will isn't one hundred percent sure their plan is going to work, but he's going to try anyway.
- As they walk in, will notices that the crew is carrying a swing set onto stage. Gideon, who knows all about Tiny and will's relationship, seems to get it right away.
- On the car ride over, they talked about everything. will finally gets what Maura wanted from him—love, closeness, affection. While it was never going happen, he finally gets why she had to try.
- As the second act opens, will sees about eighteen boys parade onto the stage. These are all Tiny's ex-boyfriends, and the last one is obviously supposed to be will because he looks kind of moody and dark.
- That's when will decides to call the other Will Grayson. They meet up in the lobby and will tells Will his plan. Will thinks the plan is a little insane, but he's willing to help, so long as will goes first.
- Back in the theater, the on-stage will grayson is sitting on the swing and talking with Tiny. They are going over the end of their relationship. will says he's like a pinless hand grenade, but Tiny says he likes him anyway.
- On-stage Tiny explains that life and love are just series of fallings and landings. Sure, it's not always awesome, but that's the way things are; he just wants on-stage will grayson to be happy. People love falling, but not always the landing.
- The real will grayson doesn't exactly agree. He's been falling his whole life—into a sinkhole of depression—and he'd much rather stand on solid ground. Maybe that's what he's trying to do right now with Tiny and Gideon.
- On-stage Tiny starts to swing on the swing set. He swings so high and finally jumps off and grabs onto a rafter up above the stage. And then he lets go and falls to the ground.
- And then he sings another song about falling and landing over and over again. Tiny clearly believes everything he's saying: Life is all about the falling, so don't worry so much about the landing.
- will thinks that life's about the floating, though, the feeling of hanging in mid-air before you land.
- In the second before the show ends and the ovations start, will stands up and shouts out to Tiny, "My name is will grayson. And I appreciate you, Tiny Cooper!"
- Then another man stands up. He's a twenty-something in a hipster vest, and he tells everyone that his name is also Will Grayson and that he appreciates Tiny Cooper, too.
- Then William T. Grayson stands up. Then Wilma Grayson. Then a ten-year-old boy named Will Grayson IV.
- Then a gorgeous hunk of man in hot pink pants stands up and says, "My name is Will Grayson. And I love you, Tiny Cooper."
- Finally Will says it, too. Then Jane. Then the rest of the cast. Then the entire audience. Everyone loves and appreciates Tiny Cooper.
- will realizes the truth: Tiny has brought them all together; he's done what he set out to do. Everyone applauds. Everyone loves everyone.
- And Will Graysons everywhere are super happy.