Howard thought long and hard today when asked if his stylist Ralph Cirella was really his best friend. Howard admitted that Ralph is sometimes embarrassing, especially when he does things like vomit all over Howard and Beth's guest room. Ralph also has an annoying, passive-aggressive way of saying "Excuse me" before demanding something outrageous, specifically on airplanes. (e.g. "Excuse me, can I get peanuts in the shell and can you put them in a shot glass?" or "Excuse me, uh, can you bring me orange juice in an apple juice bottle?")
But to Ralph's credit, he didn't deny any of this. And Howard also has confided much in Ralph, and spent a good amount of time with him.
Final Verdict? While he'd much rather hang out with Beth, Howard decided that Ralph is his best friend, even though he knows "Ralph's best friend is his Iron Man statue."