This week on Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites, former federal agent Phillip Sheppard was voted out the game after a dramatic twist at tribal council.
It was an interesting, unfortunate and entertaining week on Survivor: Caramoan for Redemption Island Favorite Phillip “The Specialist” Sheppard who became the odd man out of the game when Malcolm found a second immunity idol. In a unique first at tribal council, Malcolm gave Eddie his second immunity idol to create a three-way immunity block against Phillip’s Stealth R Us alliance.
When it came time for the vote, the stealthy Favorites didn’t have time to make a strategic decision as Malcolm gave up two immunity idols to get Phillip out of the game. With Phillip gone from the newly merged tribe, it remains to be seen whether the Stealth R Us alliance will crumble without its leader.
The day after his elimination from Survivor: Caramoan, The Deadbolt went one-on-one with Phillip to learn more about his explosive time with Brandon Hantz, last night’s tribal twist, and the strength of his Stealth R Us alliance.
THE DEADBOLT: When we talked to Brandon after his blow up, he said that you were on the receiving end of what he wanted to do to Coach in his last season. Do you think he wanted to go out that way and you were just a target? How do you see it now?
PHILLIP SHEPPARD: I definitely felt like Brandon came into this game, no matter how I would talk to him – it’s a 40-minute show that you guys see. But I will just tell you that there were times when I would try to talk to Brandon the way I talk to my 19-year old son who just finished high school.
You guys saw it, he would come at me. Even if I said something, he’d ask me a question like, “Where do I fit within the alliance? Even though I just voted for Andrea and tried to vote her out of the game, am I part of the core alliance?” Well, no, Brandon. To be honest, you’re in this place in it.
He’d go back and just spew, “He thinks he’s a bully! He thinks he’s this and that!” He reminded me of someone in a relationship that brings all of this baggage with them. That’s pretty much what he did.
THE DEADBOLT: When Malcolm and Eddie played the idols last night, why didn’t you just jump up and tell the others to change their votes? You seemed a bit resigned that it might be you.
PHILLIP: Well, Malcolm said it was me. It wasn’t that I got resigned to it. When Malcolm saw that we were all whispering amongst ourselves to see how we could cast our vote, which they only showed you a little snippet of – it was enough for you to get the feel of what was going on there but it was a long tribal council. It was like a nightmare.
The fact is, Cochran was at the other end, Dawn was in the middle, Andrea was over on the other side, and we couldn’t talk to each other. So, there was nothing I could do. They already said they were going to vote the way they were going to vote. I mean, Reynold’s sitting there with individual immunity around his neck and you had Malcolm pulling out two idols, it’s tough to overcome that situation.
THE DEADBOLT: Looking back now, how were you able to keep the Stealth R Us alliance intact for so long?
PHILLIP: Well, that’s a very good question, and it kind of goes to one thing that you didn’t ask me about at the tribal council. You heard Malcolm say – and it’s his reasoning – and I quote him: the reason he’s voting for Phillip is because he came out to play Survivor to have fun and Phillip is taking fun out of the game.
I don’t know about you, but I came to play Survivor to win a million dollars. And if I won a million dollars, and I got a guy who’s not providing fun in the game, I don’t know if I’d be giving up two idols on him. I might be wanting to bring them to the end of the game. Sound familiar, like Boston Rob, and maybe win a million dollars?
No. What he does is he wastes two idols on me, for a guy that he says he can’t have fun with.
Stealth R Us vs. Malcolm
So, for me, I thought, wow, he’s being not only dishonest, he doesn’t even want to acknowledge at this moment that the reason he’s really coming after me is because he realizes Stealth R Us is so effective.
Stealth R Us is voting out the alliance with Corinne that he’s trying to establish, who potentially would have brought Michael along with her, and then Michael goes home.
He’s not even giving me the credit, again, that I deserve. I came out there on day one, created the “R” rule that I applied from my experience of playing with him: get an alliance and get an alliance within an alliance, and use that alliance to effectively get rid of the people who try to get you out of the game.
Survivor: Caramoan vs. Survivor: Redemption Island
Up until that point, I only had one vote cast against me. That was from Brandon. As of last night, there’s a big difference from last season and this season and the last time I played the game where I had seventeen. This one I only get one vote. He’s going to tell you because he’s not having fun. He did speak honestly because he wasn’t having fun. Every time he tried to put something together, I’d break it up and send it home.
So, to me, it was great to put together an alliance like that, with Cochran, Dawn, Andrea, and to a certain extent for a limited time with Corinne. We were able to dominate the season up until this point and I’m very proud of the way I played.
I’m glad that he viewed me as a big enough threat that he would give up two idols with nine people still in the game. We’ll see how that works out for him.
THE DEADBOLT: So, what’s next after Survivor?
PHILLIP: I have a novel called The Specialist: The Costa Rica Job, it’s on Amazon and it’s doing extremely well. In addition to that, I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Burnett’s ex-wife, Diana Burnett, and she has a book called The Road to Reality: Voted Off the Island. She and I are going to work on a television project together and we’ll be talking more about that in the future.
There are some exciting things that are happening for Phillip Sheppard. In addition to having appeared on this season, I’ll be on a show called Development Hell, a digital show on the Internet. It’s very, very funny and I’ll be playing a lead on that show.
I’m going to be on another reality show that I can’t talk about right now where I play potentially a love interest for someone. So, whatever it is, Phillip does provide some amazing entertainment from having the opportunity to appear on Survivor twice now.
What did you make of Phillip’s game-play this season on Survivor: Caramoan as compared to Redemption Island?