Your response was so good i'm actually considering making an analysis video for this episode to explain the things that people are having trouble with, but i will answer a couple things.
1. Dawn is not Predatory, she was simply a good person who cared for a total stranger, And She's not from Pokemon lol
2. "Getting Mario Help" Meant personally helping him. In the stupid Mario Universe, Cops are only there to harass (ACI I COPS) Or Annoy (Max Payne), This is a reflection of my distrust for the legal system lol. Seeing as Mario was only Knocked out and just in mild pain, she deemed it better to take him home. Technically Mario Is from the mushroom kingdom, so he has no ID and no background, so no one would have been able to help him.
3. I didn't want this part of the story to drag, I didn't want mario "Out of Overalls" For more than one episode. I remember Adam saying to me at the beginning of this season that he wanted to see an episode where a complete story is told and concluded within one episode, this was that episode. ANd when you want that episode to be around 10 minutes, its going to feel a bit exposistionary. But i don't see that as out of place, that's how the characters always talk to each other, I just see it as them keeping each other on the same page, In Real life Chris and I repeat things to each other like that all the time.
4. Luigi is waiting by the house in case Mario returns, he sent Wario to check elsewhere.
5. Perhapps I didn't make this clear but Mario doesn't care to search for his past, he's content with dawn, But He feels something for his clothes, Mainly because of the power that only he can sense from his hat.
6. The Hug is all we need, I never want to see 2 characters kiss on this show, it's too much for SMB. Plus I think kissing is overated, A hug symbolizes comfort and protection, and love.
7. The montage Of luigi looking around represented redundancy, of course he's checking the same places again and again, he's desperate.
8. "What does finding mario have to do with their defense"? Everything, The characters see Mario as their leader, they are strategically lost without him. And Without him, They feel like "Sitting ducks". Luigi misses Mario as a brother, Wario sees the loss of Mario as a huge problem in any hopes of makking a non-powered attack against the enemy, therefore he suggests getting their powers back.
"We have no coice" But to continue without him
"We can't keep hoping" That he'll return
"We'll play it you way" By continuing to wait for Mario to return before making plans
Again, It's all their in the subtext, sorry for not making that clearer.
9. Mario and Dawn had real feelings for each other, but as soon as he regained his Memory, it all went to hell. Put yourself in Mario's shoes, He's had 2 love interests, One was constantly kidnaped by the enemy and was always in distress, The other he accidentally killed, He's not ready to let another person he loves go in harms way. Simply put, If Dawn is with him, she is in danger thanks to his enemies. This is called the "Superman" affect lol.
10. Why is not happy when he regains his memories? Because he now knows he has to leave dawn. Does he hate his life? No. But He's not going to jump for joy at the moment either.
11. Luigi is more shocked than surprised to see Mario, but then he is happy, But rather than completely betray the premise of the show and go into an uncharacteristly mushy reunion scene, these characters immediately revert to their former selves, Luigi joking about flash drives, and Mario wanting to get down to business. Luigi was worried, but it wasn't enough time for him to be devastated at marios disappearance. Mario Didn't react to luigi's hug because he just regained his memory, so to him, he hasn't actually been gone that long.
12. They were already about to have a "WHat should we do" Meeting before Mario showed up, hence why their all there.
13. Again, they repeat the facts they all know to make sure everyone is on the same page, especially Mario who hasn't been there.
Hope that clears of some miscomunication! lol
Thank you for responding, Richie, and not taking what I said harshly.
It's tough sometimes, as a filmmaker, knowing who is going to take comments as a friend and peer offering feedback and who's going to take them a challenge or an insult. You know, you and I should just chat sometime about filmmaking, like on Skype; I'm sure there's a lot we can learn from each other.