While trying to track down the whereabouts of a missing Phillip Kiriakis, Max and Mimi were trapped and held prisoner in the basement of a church.
While there, they discovered a skeleton burring behind the basement wall.
Despite Nick and Stephanie's urging to get Max to open up, Max grew increasingly angry. Max confronted Dean Robbins because Dean Robbins was really Trent Robbins, Max's biological father.
The two began to see each other, much to the dismay of Abby's family, who thought Max was too old and too experienced for Abby.
Furious, Max insisted that Melanie come back to Salem with him. Both Melanie and Max were dismissed as suspects, but Max and Stephanie's relationship was over.
Max turned to Chelsea Brady for support after the break-up.
Abby moved to New York to attend school and left Max in Salem.
Despite his misfortune in love, Max's garage was making money.
He did, however, manage to fall for Stephanie, and the two began a flirtation.