|Portrayed by||Jack Coleman|
|First appearance||Red Carpet Treatment|
|Last appearance||Red Carpet Treatment|
|Profession||Business man, construction manager|
|Family|| Jenny Winter (wife, deceased)|
Jackson Winter (son)
Max Winter is a character in Red Carpet Treatment, portayed by Jack Coleman.
Max Winter is a business man, and he's involved in a revenge's case, in his wife's murder.
A former convicted for rape and homicide, Henry Dahl, describe by Jane as a sociopath who should have been in prison and further more says he doesn’t care who killed this creep. Dahl is the killer of Winter's wife. Outside he is accosted by this show’s answer to Nancy Grace, Karen Cross, whom he rebuffs in order to go sleep in the van. She gets her revenge, though, catching his nap on camera and putting it on what I’m guessing is national television.
Things get really interesting when we learn more about Karen and her connection to Dahl. Not only was he to appear on her talk show following his name being cleared by DNA evidence, she was the state prosecutor who put him away… and her perfect conviction record was ruined with his release. When she and Lisbon go head to head on the set of her show, Lisbon intimates that she left the prosecutor’s office before she could be fired for an ethical breach — and looking at Karen Cross, I have no trouble believing that.
Jane has snuck off as he does to find tea in the green room, and Karen’s two guests: Henry’s mother, Judy Dahl, and the widower of Dahl’s victim. Max Winter’s wife, Jenny, was raped and had her throat cut by Dahl. Max has a peace about the whole thing, which revenge-obsessed Jane naturally finds fascinating. Even if he does ask if the peace comes from shooting his wife’s killer. At least he isn’t alone — Karen doesn’t buy his “reconciliation” bit either.
At a halfway house, Cho and Rigsby are checking out Dahl’s residence. The manager said a girl visited him there, and when they are let in the place is in shambles. Rigsby is sullen because the FBI agent from last week is romancing Grace, and he gets to watch. But this spurs him to be the big hero — when they find someone hiding under the bed and he runs, he lets Cho chase after him while he goes for an aerial attack, jumping off the balcony. At least he is productive in his jealousy.
The man is Artie Mock, who ran a drug business with Dahl when they were both in junior college and is owed twenty-two thousand dollars. Dahl had said the money was gone because the drugs had been confiscated, but when he talked about taking his girlfriend to Jamaica, Artie thought he’d been lying.
Jane goes to see Max at the shooting range, which of course seems awfully confident given he’s a suspect. Max describes the act of shooting a gun as pain relief, and entices Jane to try it. He refuses, noting his pain is “nothing a gun will fix.” Sometimes I just really want to hug him.
Dahl’s girlfriend in question is Betsy Meyers, who is actually married to Sean Meyers. She insists that she’d been writing him as friends, but the e-mails are a little racy for “just friends” conversation. Jane performs one trick — handing off Rigsby’s gun to them — to determine they are not the killers, either of them. They can’t handle a gun.
Outside while waiting for the van and Lisbon, Karen Cross “serves” Jane to perform his mojo in front of a studio audience. He accepts, although Lisbon is Not Amused. He brings candles in for the audience and derails Karen quickly before she can show a clip of his last talk show experience — the one that ended in the deaths of his wife and daughter. But he puts on the show in true, cynical Jane fashion, calling on Henry’s spirit to light the candle of his killer. Jackson Winter’s candle lights up, but it’s only to ferret out Max — who then confesses to shooting Dahl, but not killing him.
Max’s real estate company came to own a warehouse where police evidence was kept, so he swapped the DNA evidence out and freed Dahl from prison, spending eight years planning his revenge. He says when he got to the hotel to do the deed, Dahl was already dead from a blow to the head. He shot him in the face anyway.
After a brief dramatic scene with Betsy and Sean on the supports of a bridge, ready to jump, Sean is arrested for the murder of Henry Dahl. He offered to pay Dahl to stay away from Betsy, and when Dahl threatened Betsy’s life, he brained him using what seems to be a liquor bottle. Jane points out to the attorney that it’s likely both will walk for the murder, and indeed, the attempted murder charges against Max are dropped.
Max brings him a gift, and in the simplest but most beautiful moment of the episode, Jane asks him if it was worth it — that the man who killed his wife no longer exists. We want Max to demur somehow, tell him that no, it wasn’t, but such things cannot be. He tells Jane, “Yes it was.” If they keep putting successful revenge tales in Jane’s path, I do not see this ending happily. Max then pushes Jane to kill Red John, an idea that Patrick has already, however.
Jane opens his gift once he’s alone again, and takes it out of its box — a new shiny pistol in his hand.
Jane, with Max's gun, kills Timothy Carter, a man who affirm to be Red John (in reality he's only an accomplice, who probably follows the Red John's orders).