Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

November 14, 2013
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"Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" is the ninth episode of the tenth season of Grey's Anatomy and the 205th produced episode of the series. It is also the 316th produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on November 14, 2013.

Callie is stunned to be hit with a malpractice lawsuit after an Olympic athlete and patient of Cristina's comes to her for an experimental procedure which leads to a devastating chain of events. Months later, the stress of the trial forces Callie to face up to her feelings about her separation from Arizona and her residual grief over the amputation. Meanwhile, the doctors attempts to rally around Callie in her time of need, but Arizona soon finds difficulty drawing the lines while Callie's father returns to Seattle to support his daughter, revealing life-altering family secrets in the process. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal secrets about Callie and Arizona's marriage in the wake of her amputation.



"Doctors never mean to screw up. You make a bad call and the unthinkable happens. It's not like we do it on purpose, it's not like we want to hurt anyone, but sometimes we do. Sometimes we make mistakes. And when we blow it, we're sorry. Not that being sorry really matters, not anymore. No apology in the world matters now."
"We've all done things we aren't proud of, I understand that. I know nobody's perfect but how do you live with it? How do you get up every morning and face the world knowing you could have done better, you should have done better? Does being sorry help? Can an apology actually heal our wounds? Ease our pain? Can it undo the hurt that we've caused?"
- Callie Torres


  • "She" - .Laura Mvula

Title ReferenceEdit

This episode's title originated from the song Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, originally sung by Elton John.


  • Callie narrates the voiceover for this episode.

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