Prepare for the apocalypse: the ice dance judging is fair and two North American couples are duking it out for Olympic Gold.
I don't agree that B/A should have been thrid. Trying to judge it as objectively as possible and saw some technical errors. In both the OD and the CD I've noticed Tanith and Ben need to pay more attention to keeping that footwork crisp and neat. It gets messy at points and the judges are most definitely looking at that. D/S has an easier program that was executed cleaner. B/A had a more difficult program with technical errors. I think, had the last lift not come down awkwardly, they might have placed higher but that + the little errors was too much. I agree that a different choice of dance with different choreo would have served them well.
I was failing to see how D/S's OD was offensive. I was expecting much worse. Found this picture and it looks very much like what Maxim's costume what based upon. If they lost the ropes, it would have been pretty spot-on. I really hated the ropes swinging all over during the program.