...you save Ben?
On my first playthrough, I sided with Kenny on absolutely everything, no exceptions. As a result, at the end of the fourth episode, he said he would go with me no matter what because I'd never let him down (basically - it's been a while so I don't remember the exact words.)
However, recently I wanted to replay the game, since our friendship sort of deteriorated in the fifth episode (it'd been a while since I played, so I chose a lot of rude options and picked up the statue myself etc.) I'm currently in Crawford in episode 4, but something crossed my mind - I dropped Ben in my last save, since Kenny would have wanted me to. As such, I only got to see what would happen from there on without Ben in the group.
I'm wondering - if I save Ben in Crawford, is there still a chance Kenny will give me the same speech? In other words, can I still get the best "ending" with him if I do? I know you have to do pretty much everything possible to please him in order to get it, but I don't know if the Ben decision counts or not.
Alternatively, what is a way I can drop Ben without making Clem upset? Is it possible to fail a quick time event and accidentally drop him somehow?