Kenny Kane (Max's dad) is out for parole. Grim tells Max this, and Max is afraid. Grim and Gram have an argument about if Grim should get a gun to protect his family, but Gram is worried that he'll get hurt.
On Christmas, Max gets kidnapped by his dad. Just as Kenny was about to kill Loretta, Max jumps in to save her and he confronts his dad and, he recalls the time where he kills his mom very vividly. Freak comes in a save Max. They escape together.
When Max and Freak go back to school, they adopt the name of the "dynamic duo" at school. Everyone was jealous because both of them had their names and pictures in the paper.