It took me an entire week to write the recap and review for episode 13. Clearly I haven’t yet accepted that the season is over, and we’re just one step closer to the end of the series. But all denial aside, the final episode of Season 6 leaves us viewers with much to contemplate, and in a great place for the close out. The title of this episode is also a common idiom – “In care of” means by way of another, and usually refers to a delivery. It’s debatable what was being delivered, but my take on it is a second chance. Everyone was itching to make a fresh start and the hope for one was passed around like a doobie; from Stan to Don, from Don to Ted and then somehow to Pete. Roger’s fresh start came in care of Joan, and Peggy’s…well, Peggy’s was lost in the mail.
Don walks into the SC&P offices to find Stan waiting to speak with him. He’s heard the details of the Sunkist position out West, and instead of viewing it as a demotion has framed it in a way that is attractive even to Don. “I could turn it into a little agency. Let me set up the homestead. Build one desk into a real business,” he appeals. “That’s not the way I saw it,” Don replies. As he walks past Roger’s office Margaret and Brooks are just leaving after being denied sponsorship. Margaret doesn’t take it well. “What do I have to do to get on the list of girls you give money to?” she asks.
Ken and Jim enter his office with the promise of new business in the form of Hershey’s chocolate. Don agrees to get in the room with the execs since Ted is swamped. “If you want to take the lead on this I think he’ll follow,” Jim says. Roger finds Bob and Joan canoodling again and discovers that he’s brought Kevin back a toy Chevy from Detroit. Later, Don and Megan discuss dinner and a subpoena for Sally’s testimony about the Aunt Ida incident.
The following day after a tall glass of Haterade, Roger summons Bob Benson to his office and tries to get the scoop on he and Joan. He warns him against leading her on.
Don calls Sally at Miss Porter’s to let her know she has to appear in court. “Why don’t you just tell them what I saw,” she quips. BOOM. Back at the office, Sheraton Royal Hawaiian reps arrive and Draper is nowhere to be found. Why? Because he’s in a bar, drinking away his sorrows. “What’s your occupation young man?” a minister asks after Don advises him to pipe down. “Staying out of people’s business,” he responds, before flashing back to a preacher being escorted out of the whorehouse.
Don wakes up in jail after apparently assaulting the bar minister. In the office, Peg sees Ted leaving with Nan and the kids. Pete gets a telegram that his mother is lost at sea. The following day Don pours out all of his booze after returning home from jail. “I don’t want to be here anymore,” he tells Megan, and suggests they move to California where he can work on Sunkist and she can pursue her acting. “It’s an opportunity to build one desk into an agency,” he says stealing Stan’s idea, and words for that matter.