I don't think Ryan was intentionally lying either. His reworked SP footwork was more about not doing it with his back to the judges the entire time, I thought (what he said in the interview with Browning).
As for Reynolds.... well, honestly, if he actually ends up with the highest base value (two quads in the short, three/four in the long), I'll be very surprised. Impressed, but surprised. If there was a coach/student relationship I could sever, it'd be his with Joanne McLeod, so I have some baggage.