He's just another guy like Coach who thinks way too much of himself, and revels in getting to play his act to a captive audience of fellow island-dwellers. His tribemates are going along with his buffoonery and laughing at him behind his back..
What a perfect description of Phillip. I've been trying to describe him to friends, but couldn't find the right words. You nailed it.
If he's the type of person hired on as "federal agents" we've got some major problems in this country.
I'm hoping the rest of his tribe realizes what a loon he really is and boots him out before the merge. Coach was always strange, but take Coach times four and it equals one Phillip. Apparently bringing back the "favorites" also includes bringing back the whack jobs.