Played by:Michael Filipowich
Voted “Best Escape Artist in America” at the age of 16, Max was a well known circus performer. He grew up in the Porter Brothers Circus, which made it all the stranger when he inexplicably set fire to the circus tent moments after his big finale, killing four spectators and leaving a dozen more burned or trampled in the ensuing stampede. Max ended up in supermax after escaping from two other prisons, and was serving four consecutive life sentences when he made his third escape.
During a television interview documenting the 20th anniversary of his crime, Max sets off a homemade smoke bomb. He leaves through the back door, leaving a trail of guards behind him.
At a truck stop, Max attempts to steal some clothes to wear over his Department of Corrections jumpsuit. He’s in the process of putting on a sweater, hat and sunglasses when the truck stop owner steps up behind him with a gun, having recognized Max as soon as he walked into the store. The owner cuffs Max with a heavy duty plastic tie, but Max easily regains use of his hands with some contortionist tricks. He grabs the owner from behind and snaps his neck.
Out in the parking lot, Max attempts to stow away in the back of a horse trailer, but the driver, an older man, spots him. Luckily for Max, the driver turns out to be a nice guy, and he offers Max the passenger seat and a lift.
On the road, the driver tries to get Max to open up. It doesn’t work, especially when the driver decides to rest his hand on Max’s thigh. Eventually they pull over at an abandoned farmhouse. Max leads the driver on, and has the driver tie his hands behind his back. Once tied, Max reaches into the back of his pants and produces the gun he took from the truck stop owner. The driver begins to panic, but Max drops the gun on the ground. He tells the driver that whoever picks it up first gets to live. The driver doesn’t want to play, but Max doesn’t give him an option. The escape artist easily slips loose from his restraints and grabs the gun. He shoots the driver in the head and takes his truck.
Max makes his way to the home of Kurt Peebles, Max’s father’s natural son. As prickly an individual as Kurt is, he’s no match for Max, who uses a port-a-potty delivery truck to sneak into Kurt’s home past an army of police officers. Kurt tries to convince Max that they are blood brothers, and tries to befriend him, but when Kurt’s words have no effect, he goes for his shotgun. Max stops him easily and snaps his neck.
Max is captured when Erica leaps onto his moving truck, smashes her way into the cab and crashes the vehicle. They take him back to the bullpen where he makes a nuisance of himself by spitting on people and being a jerk in general.
Damien calls Lloyd’s cell phone relentlessly, but Lloyd refuses to answer. Ray, frustrated at Lloyd’s refusal to talk to the madman, answers instead, but Damien will only speak to his nemesis.
Lloyd tries to explain to Ray that ignoring Damien’s calls is a plan to make the killer lose his cool. Lloyd knows that, with the loss of his partner Brent, Damien needs a new audience for his criminal activities. Lloyd is simply refusing to play along. It’s sort of a tweaked version of Shea’s “Fire and Ice” technique, but applied to serial killers rather than secret crushes.
Damien finally gives in and talks with Ray, but only to belittle the Marshal and reiterate that he only wants to talk to Lloyd. Lloyd takes this as a positive sign.
When Damien finally calls the bullpen instead of the cell phone, Lloyd decides to start talking again, only to rile Damien by saying he’s over him and moving on to more interesting fugitives. In his perturbed state, Damien slips up and lets out that he can see the Breakout Kings from wherever it is he is calling from. The team know he must be close, so they go hunting. They just miss him, but what they find sends Ray into a panic. Damien has his daughter.