Sometimes I hate google for showing up all outdated mailing-lists as an answer to something that was quite easy to fix (with the help of slimdog360 here). Anyway, this problem is highly unlikely to occur and I’m just posting this hoping that Google will catch it, and maybe serve it up as a result to some other fellow in my situation.
Frankly, once I had recreated the normal conditions (my confused and crazy upgrade of Breezy to Dapper resulted in breaking more than I knew about) the installation time for the printer was 20 seconds or less. Awesome, I wish I could’ve taken advantage of that. Next time I swear I’m making a clean install.