can’t remember if i’ve seen this critique either, but it’s interesting that not only can barney only ~truly change for his own genetic material*~ and not for robin, but
she gets literally zero acknowledgement or credit
did she want the daughter? presumably, since barney initially didn’t, so what became of her? what happened to barney’s daughter?
jk she conveniently gets fridged too so that barney doesn’t have to deal with a relationship with a real woman and the writers, uh, i mean, ellie doesn’t have to deal with a split household, that would make the plot far too complicated
*i say this because he also immediately starts patronizing “girls” he used to hit on. that’s not telling at all of how superficial the writing was.