Phil collins

Philadelphia Collins

Philadelphia "Phil" Collins (played by Richard Collins) was an occasional visitor to and then resident of Sunnyvale. He was the owner/operator of The Dirty Burger, a partnership venture with Randy. He is also the father of Jacob Collins and Thomas Collin and grandfather of Mo, the child of Jacob and Trinity.

Background Edit

Phil first appeared as the manager of a motel from which the boys were stealing furniture. The size of Phil's gut and the fact that people couldn't stop looking at it was a central point of that interaction. [1]

Later, Phil appeared to have a job as a taxi driver[2]. On one occasion he found himself him in the position of human shield as Ricky used him as a barricade against Sam Losco's gun wielding[3].

Phil then starts a venture selling mackerel and blueberries in the parking lot of a local plaza[4]. Soon after, Phil moves his camper into Sunnyvale with his son Jacob[5]. Then he partners up with Randy to transform the camper into The Dirty Burger and open it for business[6].

Phil also has one other son, Thomas, who showed up at the park when Jacob went missing/went to work for Julian during the Swayzie Express operation[7].

With all of these sons, there is no mention of a wife for Phil.


The first thing you notice about Phil is his large belly. We are then soon introduced to his ability to belch with some measure of forcefulness and length. This seems to be one of his trademarks, as he does it several times in the show's run. Those around him complain that his belches smell like mackerel and that particles of food tend to expel from him while belching[8].

Real World View: Richard Collins revealed in an episode of Trailer Pod Boys that the belches heard on the show were in fact his own, but they were recorded separately and then overdubbed onto the sound track in post-production.

Phil is generally good-natured man, and unlike many of the other characters, does not engage in crime of any sort. He is usually gainfully employed, making his money in a legitimate way. Much like his own son, he seems to move from job to job frequently. Despite this, he often serves as a minor-antagonist to the boys., and often falls victim to their crimes. Throughout Phil's time on the show, the boys stole furniture from the motel he was managing, skipped on a taxi fare, and caused his son to go missing as well as having him dishonorably discharged from the Canadian military. Each time Phil has understandably reacted with violent anger, including at one point smashing up Ricky's car with a ladder. He cares deeply for his sons, who appear to be his only family.[9].

It's clear that he feels a kinship with Randy due to their mutual love of burgers[10]. However, although he's not opposed to a little physical confrontation or swearing as much as anyone else in the park[11], he doesn't involve himself in any of the criminal activity that is going on around him, and instead just goes about his business.

Phil's very name is a source of humour, as it's the same as the popular singer when shortened to Phil. Sam Losco calls him both 'Sussudio' and 'Easy Lover' (two Phil Collins hits) while holding him hostage for rent money on the camper[12]. Similarly, his son Thomas, when shortened to Tom Collins, is the same name as a popular mixed drink made from carbonated water, sugar, lemon juice and gin, made famous in the late 1800s.