Tarasova is definetly not evil. I've always liked her honestly. What I like about her is that she seems to have a real love for skating.If there was the possibility Mao's previous coach did want to continue to coach her part-time and put his reputation on the line, well it seems Tat is at least willing to do that; and in the K&C area she made a fist as if to say "be strong, Mao" and patted her on the back. I am not sure that Tat is the right coach for Mao at this time (just as I'm not sure if Mao should be worrying about or even incorporating the 3axel into any of her programs right now), but I do believe her intentions are not as "evil" as they appear, nor would I put all fault in her
But I'm going to say this I don't think Aruturian was wrong at all for putting his foot down about the parttime coaching situation. I'm sure he was worried about his reputation, but he was probably also trying to send Mao a message as well.
If I was a coach I'd feel the exact same way he did. If I'm your coach I'm your coach, and it will have to be a fulltime situation. Not you training by yourself for months and me there for only a couple of weeks. It's my career, so of course I have to be concerned about my reputation! But also because I don't think that's a good training situation for any student. I always felt that in the long run this part time situation would be disasterous for Mao.
I'm not sure how Tarasova, after her experience with Arakawa, couldn't have known that part time coaching wasn't the best plan for Mao. And I wish that someone had knocked some sense into Mao after last year's not so great season.