Howard works for the plants that are turning people emo at Troubled Acres. He is implied to be responsible for turning Henrietta Biggle "emo". Later on, he is shown trying to turn the tall goth Michael emo. When the rest of the Goth Kids and a few of the Vamp Kids try to figure out how Henrietta was transformed, Howard is seen turning them into emos after Firkle reveals himself to already be emo. However, it is revealed by the end of the episode that the plants are simply ficus plants with vibrating pots and that Howard was set up by his wife Sarah for a pranking reality show called "Yes! I'm Scared".
Howard has gray hair that is balding and gray eyebrows. He wears a brown gardening apron over a gray shirt, blue pants, green boots, and beige gloves. He has visible bags under his eyes and wrinkles on his face as well as large ears.
|Minor Characters from Season Seventeen|
Aaron Hagen | Alec Baldwin | Anderson Cooper | Cable Company worker | Canadian therapist | Chief Joe | Coach Miles | Cody | Corey Lanskin | DMV workers | Edgar Allan Poe | George R. R. Martin | George Zimmerman | Ginger Cow | Howard Flannigan | Jehovah's Witnesses | Man with brown jacket | Michael's parents | Mr. Biggle | Mr. Hagen | Mrs. Zimmerman | National Security Agency | Nelly's mom | Niles Lawson | Obese woman shopper | Old Cap | Pat Conners | Princess Kenny | Rick | Rick Tellmore | Ryan | Sinéad O'Connor | Steve Ballmer | Tammy Thompson | Terry | Terry's wife | The Sony President | Thompson | Unnamed black vampire | Van Halen | Yo Gabba Gabba