It's kind of a cheap puzzle, having to hit it thrice.
Not nearly as bad as Runaway's "fill the boiler 5x with water before it works" though.
Sam: "We're 98% certain General Skun-ka'pe is evil."
Stinky: "And the other 2%?"
Max: "That he's crazy and we have to shoot him! But that may be wishful thinking on our part."
(Any resemblance to KOTOR is purely coincidential, really!)