The only thing that Max wanted was to know the identity of a girl in a picture that Trent carried around.
Abby moved to New York to attend school and left Max in Salem.
Despite his misfortune in love, Max's garage was making money.
Through DNA testing, Mimi discovered that the bones belonged to her dead father. Max soon hired Chelsea's best friend, Abby, to work at the garage, and she developed a crush on Max, and he finally admitted that he had feelings for her, as well.
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.
Luckily for them, Shawn and Caroline had large hearts, and soon legally adopted the two boys.