Quote strangeland: I don't understand why the character needs to leave if the actor is committed elsewhere. I mean we haven't seen Tracy for weeks - I don't assume she left Luke. If the actor who plays Robin wants to go off for a few months, why not tape a few 'token' scenes and just have her be off the screen for awhile. GH has a big enough cast to accomplish that. They could say that since Robin was away for so long, she wants to focus on Emma and her home life, not work, and once in awhile pop in (cameo) at GH to pick up Patrick for lunch.
This definitely could have been written another way. I don't think it's set in stone that Robin will be returning though. She said in an interview that she'd "like" to if tptb are willing to have her, so I assume we'll see her pop up again given time. I think her outside interests will keep her away more often than not, so I partly understand why they chose to remove her character for the time being so that Patrick can move on and he won't have to wait around for her return.... if it happens. I just think they could have come up with something better that didn't make Robin look like a heartless abandon-er. :~