Season 1 Edit
He is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in the second episode of the first season, (Man Versus Possum). Max is unaware of his Asperger's diagnosis in the early episodes, but during the second season he learns about it after witnessing a fight between Adam and Crosby. Because of his Asperger's, it is difficult for him to naturally communicate with others, and he often only thinks of himself. This causes a rift in his relationship with Haddie, who gets jealous of all the attention he receives.
Season 2 Edit
In the Season 2 finale, while at the hospital, Max becomes very angry, saying that he wants pancakes more than he cares about Amber Holt, even going as far as saying that doesn't care about her. Adam scolds Max for his hurtful comments, but Max believes he didn't do anything wrong, even though at the end he apologizes to Sarah Braverman for what he said.
Kristina and Adam parents decide to transfer Max to a mainstream school after being told that he is very intelligent. They do this in order to challenge him academically even though they are worried about his social life. He is trying hard to make friends, though it proves difficult. It is also discovered that Max is academically enriched. Even though Max is socially behind others his age, he is academically far above most others his age and older.
Season 3 Edit
In Season 3, Max makes a friend with a boy named Micah, who has spina bifida. This is one of Max's only friends of the series, and the two have many sleepovers together. However, Max and Micah later stop being friends once Max tells Micah that his wheelchair will always prevent him from playing basketball correctly. Max tries to apologize, but Micah realizes he is embarrassed of Max's attitude.
Season 4 Edit
In Season 4, Max is elected the class president of Cedar Knoll Middle School with some help from Haddie. With much work, he and Kristina are able to bring back the school vending machines, which were taken away when Max arrived at the middle school.
Season 5 Edit
In Season 5, Max becomes interested in photography while building a friendship with fellow photographer and his Aunt Sarah's ex-boyfriend, Hank Rizzoli. Together, they work on taking photos, and while they spend time with each other, Hank realizes that he has Asperger's like Max