Look on the bright side. You're alive!
— Phil, trying to cheer up the Baudelaires

Phil is an optimist who worked at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill in The Miserable Mill. He later returned as a cook for Captain Widdershins and Fiona in The Grim Grotto.


Before The Miserable Mill

In the TV series, Phil mentions that his parents are Olympic athletes. He uses it as an example that people have free will and don't always have to follow the expectations and footsteps of their parents, saying the Baudelaires don't have to burn down towns like their parents did, although it is eventually revealed the Baudelaire parents were not responsible for the burning of Paltryville.

The Miserable Mill

I wish we could, but we don't have any money.
— Phil, regarding buying proper food ingredients
Phil was one of the friendlier mill workers in "The Miserable Mill" and helped the Baudelaires adjust to their new home. During the Baudelaires' stay at the lumbermill, Phil was injured by a mill machine, operated by Klaus who was hypnotized at the time. Phil is an eternally optimistic character and was not upset about the accident, saying such things as "at least no one would ask whether I'm right legged or left legged".

It is suspected that Phil may have left his work at Lucky Smells Lumbermill due to a lack of sufficient pay; in The Miserable Mill he stated that he had read law books and learned that being paid with coupons is illegal, and despite bringing this up with Sir it is stated in The Penultimate Peril that the workers at the mill are still being paid in coupons.

The Grim Grotto

In The Grim Grotto, Phil worked as a cook aboard the Queequeg manned by Captain Widdershins (who called him Cookie) and his stepdaughter, Fiona. Noticing Phil's limp, Klaus believed that Phil was still being affected by the stamping machine accident, but Phil informed him it was the result of a shark bite.

With the help of Sunny, who remembered Violet's birthday is coming soon, Phil bakes Violet's surprise birthday cake.

He, along with Captain Widdershins, abandoned the Baudelaires and Fiona during the middle of the novel for unknown reasons (it is also possible that they were captured), and did not appear in The Penultimate Peril or in The End. Strangely, Kit never mentions Phil with Captain Widdershins in The End.

TV series


Phil as a member of the Queequeg.

In the series by Netflix, Phil is hypnotized by Dr. Georgina Orwell much like the rest of the workers. He is still optimistic, but his appearance is different. When his leg "accident" occurs, he jokes that he will have half-price pedicures for life.

Like the original book, he returns as a cook on the Queequeg. He now sports a peg leg after an unfortunate encounter with a shark.

He is played by Chris Gauthier.


  • There is a fan theory that in eighth grade, Phil had S. Theodora Markson as a girlfriend. In Shouldn't You Be in School?, Theodora mentions she had a boyfriend who was always complaining about her hair. In The Grim Grotto when Klaus is talking about how the Gorgonian Grotto is linked with Medusa, Phil states that he once knew a girl hair like Medusa.




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