It's always interesting when Survivor brings back former players. It's hit or miss (in my opinion), because sometimes, the players who impressed you the first time fizzle out, while other times, they find new ways to maneuver through the game.
I'll get to the Fans tribe later, because there were just too many ridiculous things going on with the Favorites. First off, I thought it was a good mixture of players from previous seasons. We got some villainous players (Jonathan, Jonny Fairplay), the more honorable players (Cirie, Yau-Man), the strong competitors (Ozzy and James), and those wild cards that are strategic above anything else (Amanda, Ami, Eliza, Parvati).
However, I have no idea what the hell Jonny Fairplay was thinking. For a guy who could've easily used his villain status to twist the game into knots and possibly make it to the end, he comes up with this barely sensible plan to pretend to want to be voted off the island so that the Eliza/Jonathan alliance will be blind-sided when he sides with the other tribe.
The problem is, I don't think anybody (including Jeff) understood what he was doing. For a guy that seems to enjoy the game and the lying it entails, he doesn't seem all that interested in being there. But at the same time, it seems like he tried creating a convoluted plot to twist things up and became a victim of it.
Over the Fans side: as usual, when a tribe wins Immunity, we get very little focus on them in the back half of the episode, which means everything we learn about the tribe is at the very beginning. For the most part, there are no stand-outs, except for Kathy, and she stands out for all the wrong reasons. First off, she seems confused at Chet, who just so happens to be gay. First off, she acts like gay men and women are a different species, which is horrific to listen to. Second, she seems incapable of not sticking her foot in her mouth. OF COURSE she gets the first hidden immunity idol. We get at least two weeks of stupidity to look forward to with her. We also get the Ozzy wanna-be and the James wanna-be. I'll wait until we get further in the season to make a decision on these new players.