Howard welcomed his doppelganger, Ron Brawer, and complained that Ron was plaguing NYC social life: "He walks around all day and people think he looks like me." Robin was shocked by the similarity: "Oh my god! [But] not a dead ringer. He looks like somebody trying to play you on Halloween." Ron agreed: "I think it's more of a vibe thing. Like a tall Jewish guy vibe thing more than [looks]." Howard said friends of his hair dresser, Toni, told her they saw him wearing short-shorts down near 23rd street: "You annoy the shit out of me...will you do me a favor and not wear those any more? People think he's me and he's walking around in gay shorts!" Ron laughed that he was more than 10 years older than Howard but kept in Stern shape thanks to "clean living. I've been a vegetarian most of my life."