That's a pretty accurate cartoon. Was reading the thread over at webmasterworld and the Adwords Advisor posted:
Thanks for all of the reports. This is a technical issue - we've now identified the problem and expect to have this resolved soon. Please note that this is unrelated to the Quality Score update that we plan to release next week."
So some of those high bids you saw today were a technical issue. And today they added the quality score column but the quality score update hasn't happened yet, that's next week, the way I'm reading it. I hope what I'm seeing now is some indication of how things will turn out.