Their conflict seemed to revolve around how to parent Max with an undertone of his mom thinking that his dad didn’t fully understand Max and therefore might not fully love him (maybe I’m reading into that)…but I have to think that when she watched him tackle Max’s kidnapper, she had to feel the force of his love for Max.  Just speaking for myself, that was the part when I cheered out loud! And hopefully seeing that and knowing that would help them.