While in the hospital, Maxie meets Jesse Beaudry (Matt Marraccini), who claims to be an undercover cop blamed for a murder he didn't commit. By the time they arrive home, they have fallen in love with each other, much to Mac's dismay.
After Jesse dies in the line of duty, Maxie is devastated, and falls into a dark place, partying all the time.
In March 2002, after nine years as the character, ABC announced their decision to release Richards from her contract in order to rapidly age the character, with plans to have actress Danica Stewart take over.
The following month, Lilley announced that she had completed her stint as the character. During this time, Maxie's sister Georgie is conceived, but their father Frisco Jones (Jack Wagner) leaves town again soon after.
She received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her role on The Young and the Restless. Bridget Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful from December 2004 to February 2012 and again in 2013.
[...] And then I just remember sitting in my dressing room the next morning, having memorized 30 pages but being freaked out, and I remember thinking, 'There were two other girls at the callback, and I bet that they would want to do this role, and I don't know if I can do it, and I'm so scared.' I'm sitting in my dressing room sweating, and I remember thinking, 'I should go up to casting and just tell them to give it to one of the other girls, because I don't know if I can do this.' And then I Googled it, and it was all over Google that I was the replacement, and I was like, 'Oh God, I'm stuck! Her Godparents are named as Sean Donely (John Reilly) and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) at her Christening. Jones (Brighton Hertford) is in a car accident, leaving her brain dead. Later on, Maxie plans to sleep with her adoptive cousin Lucas Jones (Ryan Carnes) to prevent her sister Georgie (Lindze Letherman) from sleeping with him.
In 1994, she suffers from Kawasaki disease and requires a heart transplant. Maxie also flirts with Zander Smith (Chad Brannon) and helps him avoid the law.
Maxie eventually tries to call off the bet after Cooper admits how much he cares for her.
However, unable to help herself after realizing Logan is in love with Lulu, she blackmails Logan and sleeps with him. He tells Maxie that he cannot watch her self-destruct any longer, and ends their relationship.