"The Distance" is the fourteenth episode of the eleventh season of Grey's Anatomy and the 234th produced episode of the series. It is also the 345th produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on March 5, 2015.
After Herman is taken into the O.R, Amelia and Stephanie begin to work on removing her tumour and, with a gallery full of spectators, Amelia soon discovers the task may be more difficult than she ever imagined and, with the shadow of Derek still looming over her, she is forced to do the impossible to save Nicole's life without. Meanwhile, Arizona faces her judgement day as, while growing increasingly concerned about her mentor's fate, is forced to fly solo for the first time as a foetal surgeon on Bailey's patient, with memories of Herman questioning her ability plaguing her mind, finds herself facing opposition from Bailey about the best way to course of action. Elsewhere, Owen and Callie grow concerned about their Amelia and Arizona should the surgery not go their way while Richard attempts to support Amelia through the biggest challenge of her career while April returns to the hospital for the first time since losing her son.
- "In 1888 William Williams Keen became one of the first surgeons to successfully remove a brain tumour, a big one. It's true you can look it up. What's harder to find, however, are stories of all the time old double Billy K tried to pull a tumour out of someone's brain and lost. The losses must have happened. A surgeon must always be prepared to lose. And in neurosurgery, with the big tumours, we lose those battles as often as we succeed. The key though, win or lose, is to never fail and the only way to fail is not to fight. So you fight until you can't fight any more. Hold up your head and enter the arena and face the enemy. Fight until you can't fight any more. Never let go, never give up, never run, never surrender. Fight the good fight. You fight even when it seems inevitable that you're about to go down swinging."
- "Why do we even try, when the barriers are so high and the odds are so low? Why don't we just pack it in and go home? It would be so, so much easier. It's because, in the end, there's no glory in easy. No one remembers easy. They remember the blood and the bones and the long, agonising fight to the top. And that is how you become legendary."
- "Worry" - RHODES
- "Saturn" - Sleeping At Last
This episode's title originated from the song The Distance, originally sung by Cake.
- Although creditited, Patrick Dempsey (Derek) does not appear in this episode.
- Amelia narrates the voiceover for episode.