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.
While there, they discovered a skeleton burring behind the basement wall.
Chelsea and Max eventually rekindled their relationship.
When Chelsea needed to move to London to care for her mother, Billie, after a bad car accident, Max moved to London with Chelsea.
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.
Nick finally admitted to Dean Robbins that Max was really the brains behind the grant. Trent didn't want anything to do with Max, and vice-versa.