As the Water 7 arc was being drawn, I was really starting to get pissed and almost dropped the series. With the money getting stolen, then Usopp leaving, Luffy getting defeated, Robin being a total bitch and then Merry pushed out into the see and broken. But Oda made it all work out and I enjoy that arc a lot more now.
Monster chopper is awesome. I can't wait till there is more of him.