I think it depends if you think he noticed the friend and didn't interact or just didn't notice him at all (in which case it counts)...
For me it was hard. Took like 2 months for my first one and I don't have any now. Mainy because I don't put much effort into it and don't practice often.
After the first week of May, most of my lucids were pretty short and dream recall wasn't not that great... But I've been doing my best to get back in