With that, she starts to wrap us up: "As doctors, we can't undo our mistakes, and we rarely forgive ourselves for them. But it's a hazard of the trade. But as human beings, we can always try to do better, to be better, to right a wrong even when it feels irreversible." Robbie is in bed with Izzie and asks if she's sure she doesn't want her to stay. Izzie is sure, pointing out that, "We do better loving each other from a distance." Robbie laughs, and then in the most clichéd of television and movie lines everywhere, declares, "You were always too good for that trailer park, that I knew." Yes, rising above the trailer park is a great feat but to Hollywood I say, ENOUGH ALREADY. Find another hardship to overcome, for goodness' sake! To add to it, just to kill me, Robbie adds that she might not be as smart as Izzie, but she knew that. BLECH.
Mere continues, "Of course, I'm sorry doesn't always cut it. Maybe because we use it so many different ways. As a weapon. As an excuse." Cristina walks out of the hospital to go home when Hunt walks up to her and cheerfully says, "Nice work today!" I'm surprised he didn't give her a friendly punch in the shoulder, given his tone, and she clearly thinks so too and demands, "Seriously?" She yells at him for sending her to the truck and for teaching George while he ignores her, and he lamely tries to defend that she knows what his truck looks like, and George is going into trauma while she already declared cardio. He adds that he treated her like he would anyone else, which is his problem, and which she points out as she runs after him and shoves him in the back, yelling that she isn't anyone else. In a thick, deep voice she tries to keep her tears in check as she repeats, "Take care now? What is that?" Then, after demanding to know if he's happy now, asks, "What are you? Just a choke 'em and forget 'em kind of guy?" It would be below the belt except for the actual choking and all the subsequent events between the two, and he looks stunned and just pulls out a piece of paper and hands it to her. She glares and reads out loud various three word phrases: "Hey there now." "Take care now." With a voice that says he'd rather die than be having this conversation, Hunt admits that he and Dr. Amy came up with a list of three-word sentences he could use with Cristina to keep him from saying the three words he really wants to. Cristina is shattered, and tears run down her face as he continues that he can't say it because it's cruel, and he's no good for her and doesn't want to torture her when he can't be with her, so he says these things instead. "I'm letting you off the hook." He then pleads with her to see that he's letting her off the hook. While I think she understands, it's clearly far more than she can handle and she just hands him back the paper and whispers her own, "Take care now," and walks off, leaving him equally gutted.