April 18, 2011 10:00 AM by Ryan Haidet
Ah, Phillip Sheppard. He’s become the fun fodder for reporters and fans of reality television. Not only are his comments and actions a bit whacky, there is a big mystery regarding the truth of his past. Every time Phillip’s name appears on the screen during an episode of Survivor: Redemption Island, there is a question mark at the end of his job description where he claims to be a former federal agent. Each time Phillip’s integrity has come into question, he uses his claim that he is a former federal agent as a defense mechanism and blah, blah, blah. We know the drill by now. But is Phillip really telling the truth? Is he a former federal agent, but simply can’t prove it because it truly was a government secret? Or is Phillip simply playing the audience for reality television notoriety? Is he a liar? Or is he just crazy?
His former tribemates Francesca and Krista both have expressed their disbelief in Phillip’s former job with the government. “I find it completely hard to believe, but he could be just that amazing of an agent that he’s still undercover and this is all an act,” Francesca said a few weeks ago after she was eliminated from the competition.
Krista, who called Phillip a clown, mirrored Francesca’s remarks by saying, “I think we all need to sit down and write our congressmen immediately if that happens to be the case. Phillip is a buffoon. He’s paranoid. He’s a delusional human being. He’s really unstable. So if that’s the kind of person that has anything remotely to do with our government in any capacity whatsoever, I would be so scared.”
How could anybody believe that this guy worked undercover for our government when he wears a feather strapped to his forehead claiming in appeared out of thin air while meditating? How could anybody trust a guy who walks around wearing the most-frightening pair of pink granny panties ever seen on television?
But how can any of us doubt him either?
We are only getting a glimpse of Phillip’s life on Survivor. We know very little about how he is outside of the game. As he mentioned in confessionals this season, everybody thinks he’s crazy, which is the perfect reason to drag him along to the final vote. Maybe he’s just playing strategically. Honestly, I think Phillip is the victim of his own character — just like Coach from Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains. They both have huge personalities with big claims that are easy to call into question when the storytelling guides us that direction.
Of the 229 previous Survivor contestants I’ve met, Coach is one of the most kind and caring (see image above from the first time I met Coach). He doesn’t give off the same vibe he did on the show. Truly. Maybe it’s the same case for Phillip.
Despite the laughter and question surrounding Phillip’s former career, host Jeff Probst vows he will get to the bottom of this season’s biggest mystery. “We will find out for sure if Phillip is a former federal agent at the live show in NY on May 15th!” Probst tweeted during last week’s episode. Maybe he’ll offer Phillip to take a lie detector test just like they did to Coach.
What do you think? Is Phillip really a former federal agent?
Survivor: Redemption Island continues each Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
Images courtesy of CBS.
Want more? Follow our tweets on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook! For other great Reality TV News, please feel free to check out SirLinksALot and then come and discuss the show on our reality TV message boards.
For more breaking news about celebrities and entertainment visit our sister site SheKnows.com!