Although lack of empty spots might mean lack of time to focus/regroup/etc.
Still, I would much rather see 4 fall programs as complex as Chan's than clean programs as barftastic as Plushenko's. And I find it very said that most figure skating fans don't agree. I mean casual viewers I can get but if you know something about skating, you should be able to recognise all the incredible skills and difficulty that Chan shows falls or not and whether you like his style (I don't) or not.
Or if their relationship is beyond saving, call Manon Perron or Scott Davis or anybody else who actually knows a thing or two about skating.