This will proove vf wrong. You don't just fly through the hoops because Falco will be in getting repaired. When Falco says "I'll take care of these guys.
You get the guys behind me" you have to boost to get close enough with your laser charged up and lock onto one of the little ships following Falco. Fire the charged laser and all the ships should be destroyed.
THIS DOES NOT ALWAYS WORK THOUGH. Once all the little ships have been destroyed Falco will say "I guess I should be thankful" THEN you go through the the hoops in the water.
Falco will say "pretty smooth fl'in Fox", when you have gone through all the hoops Falco will say "Follow me".
Added by: ANDROS THE GREAT , ID#2167