Gram lets Max stay home because Freak is coming home from the hospital. Grim and Gram argue because of Max's dad in parole. Then Max and Grim talk and Max says "cross my heart hope to die."
Freak and Gwen come over to have supper with Grim, Gram, and Max. They open presents and Max gets a dictonary from Freak. When Max is in bed someone places a hand over his mouth and says "I came back like i promised."
Max's dad, who was the person who put his hand on Max's mouth, sneaks out with Max. They go to Iggy and Loretta Lee's house in the new Testaments. Then Iggy takes Max and his dad to somewhere.