I was watching the movie "when harry met sally " and I had a trouble to understand this highlighted part of their conversation. Thank in advance.

Sally : I'd like the pie heated and I don't want the ice cream on top I want it on the side and I'd like strawberry instead of vanilla if you have it if not then no ice cream just whipped cream but only if it's real if it's out of a can then nothing.
Waitress: Not even the pie?
Sally: No, just the pie, but then not heated.
Waitress: Uh huh.

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Sally doesn't want whipped cream unless it's real whipped cream, not 'dairy product' out of an aerosol can.

If the 'whipped cream' is out of a can (she says) then she wants nothing. That's ambiguous, prompting the waitress' question: does 'nothing' mean literally nothing—no whipped cream or ice cream and no pie, either—or just no whipped cream? Sally assures her she means the latter.

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