Here's what I like about Max, and what Murphy likely does. He doesn't really treat her like she's blind. I mean, he does when he has to, but she *drove a car* (even if it was circumstantial), and rowed a boat, and when she tells him to back off to let her do something, he does. He lets her fall down on her own, and he just seems to always, always, *always* be there for her when she inevitably dusts herself off. He is too patriarchal in some ways for sure (e.g. "Babe", and the sex thing), but I think the show is trying to show him as being as flawed as she is. I like him and I think he's good for her (and I hope he's not dead, because WOW I'm not here for that kind of drama/guilt).
I also like Dean and Chloe, but as another post mentioned above, Dean and Max fill very different roles in her life.
I love how Felix has grown into his own over the course of the show. I'm so glad he wasn't super-weirded-out by Jess ("OH MY GOD. I'M SO GAY. SOOOO GAY!!!" may be my favorite line ever on this show), but was willing to be such a good friend to both her and Murphy. He has a depth to him that was unexpected - you sort of thought he'd be the comedic nerd boss guy that everyone made fun of (well, he was), but he's so much more. He's *such* a good friend, especially to Jess. I'm wondering if that's going to become an issue in the future, that he and Jess become besties and she stops enabling Murphy in the really unhealthy ways she does, and she (Murphy) gets jealous of their friendship (face it: she treats Jess like crap on the regular). He just seems like a good person. I hope he finds happiness on the show, because he deserves it.
I wonder if the parents are going to be written out now?