If this dialogue is confusing to you, then you haven't played New Super Mario Bros. This is a very common argument about power-up distribution. I hope you are enjoying the sketchbook posts. These drawings haven't seen the light of day for a good fifteen years, it's fun to dig through them again--I have TONS. And they are saving me all kinds of time to put towards the 12 BOTS book. (17 days to deadline!)
Have a good weekend!