It would be interesting to see what would happen if there were a completely different set of judges for the short and long programs, and if the long program judges were not allowed to watch the short program or see the scores for the sp. They wouldn't have any idea how many points to award to be sure that their dude won!
you know, that's a really interesting idea. Seriously, they should think about that one. (Also, that means having twice as many judges...too much work for the ISU? )