Normally I'm not one to do all of this theory developing, but while I was looking over the Crocus/Laboon chapters I caught something interesting.
I apologize if I don't bring anything new to the table that hasn't been discussed and dissected to death.
Luffy: What an amazing waterway. It's a wonder this thing's still alive with such a huge hole in his stomach. Is this part of your
Crocus: It's a DOCTOR'S playfulness. Don't get the two confused. I'm a doctor for this thing. A long time ago, there was a clinic that
I ran here on the cape. I was even a ship doctor, years ago.
Luffy: A ship doctor?! Really?! Then be a doctor on my ship!!
Crocus: Oh, shut up. I don't have the energy to go doing ridiculous things like you.
Somehow I didn't catch that before. Can't believe I missed that. But this…
Crocus: Those… might be the pirates we've been waiting for this whole time... That boy has a mysterious air about him. Eh... Roger?
There's a lot of jokes about how we automatically assume that an elderly character was on Roger's crew, but it looks like Crocus is actually an exception. I have no idea how this one slipped by me.