@TheGrandSophy: There are many threads here concerning Sochi ladies' event judging scandal, South Korea filing an official complaint because of the said scandal, a recent petition to remove Cinquanta from the ISU leadership position etc.
Subjects like these attract trolls and vicious ad hominem -attacks so I don't know if I can RECOMMEND browsing through those threads, but if you are really curious about politicking and judging and how it is perceived/justified/questioned in these parts... Good luck!
Regarding TheGrandSophy's concerns about lobbying and politicking, this doesn't always mean rigging the results, choosing predetermined winners, or making deals. It simply means showing support to skaters who otherwise don't yet have the backing of judges and the cushion for errors. Showing support, interest, and investment of time and energy from the Federations. If Judge X is having coffee with Federation rep talking about Trixie Schuba's hair from the 70s, Fed. Rep. can mention and show interest in Skater X. That alone gives that Skater X advantage.
This year was the first time in years that ALL the podium spots became open, particularly with B&S withdrawing, and then I&K messing up the SD. The fact that I&K placed 1st in the FD and so high in PCS in the SD does back up your contention that they may have been favoured. Part of that may be because they were the only medalists from the Olympics who went to Sochi. But some of the close results between positions 1-4 (scores all between 175-174) may also just be a reflection of what happens when you have a field of teams that are close in ability when you remove gold and silver medalists (D&W and V&M).