I agree, the bailiff interrogation and the repetitive use of the hook didn't feel that inspired to me. Still, the worst puzzle for me was with the pepper.
After I asked the bartender about the pepper, i knew i had to use the auto-trepanation thingy for it. But Guybrush putting his tongue back in place everytime I touched something was just annoying. My first try, i clicked by accident on the manatee oil outside => back to De Singe's house. Second try: Guybrush uses it with his hand, burns himself => back to the house. Third try: forgot to tell the bartender to open the glass => back to the house. I think my fourth or fifth try was the good one. Walking back and forth between the bar and the house, while being careful to not click on anything, quickly got on my nerves (plus, it had another use of the hook, which felt too much of it for me).
I haven't seen anyone complaining about this puzzle yet, so that may just be me.