Max isn't allowed to visit Freak right away, and it drives him crazy. He feels useless, so he walks to the hospital and just sits outside with Freak's ornithopter bird from when they first met.While Max is wandering around the hospital, he runs into Gwen, who gives him a big hug.She takes him inside so he can play the Star Trek theme with his tracheotomy tube. Max he has a gift for him.He gives Max a book that looks just like the dictionary he got for Christmas—but it's blank. Freak wants Max to fill it with their adventures. He says he will be too busy adjusting to his new bionic body so Max will have to do it.
The next day, Max decides to sneak out early and see Freak. He figures he'll just check in and be back by breakfast.But things don't go quite as planned.When Max gets to the hospital, he heads straight for the ICU. He asks if Kevin is back from his operation yet.The nurse just gets quiet and pages Freak's doctor.Max begins to notice how all the nurses are crying and looking at him, and, to use his words, he goes nuts.He starts running through the hospital saying, "No way! No way!" Security tries to grab him, but he just starts kicking and kicking. They put handcuffs on him and try to subdue him. This is how Freak's doctor, Dr. Spivak, finds him.
After Freak's death, Max hides in the basement, missing the funeral. His grandparents try to help him through it, but he just wants to mope by himself. Then it's time for school to start again, and Max really doesn't want to go. But Grim won't have any of it; he says he is going, even if he has to drag him there. Max hates every minute of school because everyone just looks so sorry for him. Even Tony D tries to be sympathetic.