General Hospital actor Robert Gossett played Marshall’s deep sense of loss brilliantly.
Viewers of General Hospital discovered some time ago that Marshall Ashford left his family so they wouldn’t have to deal with the burden of knowing he had schizophrenia. The writers of the programme gave this story a fresh twist that made Robert Gossett, who played Marshall, even more brilliant. As a result, Soap Hub has chosen the accomplished actor as Performer of the Week for GH.
Robert Gossett – Performer of the Week
Due to the possibility that Marshall may be the grandfather of her daughter Trina, Dr. Portia Robinson (Brook Kerr) is doubly interested in Marshall’s medical background (Tabyana Ali). Marshall, on the other hand, is not intrigued by the excellent doctor’s hypothesis that he might not even have schizophrenia. “Enough! Why can’t you just take care of yourself? In the prologue of a recent episode, Marshall attacked a kind-hearted Portia, whetting viewers’ appetites.
What made Marshall so furious? Had he been concealing his diagnosis of schizophrenia all along and didn’t want to let anyone know? Years earlier, had he abandoned his family for any other reason? Marshall didn’t want Portia (Brook Kerr) to pry into his medical history, but time will tell.
When Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrived on the scene, Marshall was forced—perhaps reluctantly—to explain Portia’s hypothesis to his son. Marshall had not experienced a case of schizophrenia in 40 years, according to Portia, who made her case. She also mentioned Curtis’ lack of genetic predispositions for the illness as the reason she didn’t think Marshall met the criteria for a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia.
When Curtis (Donnell Turner) advised that his dad consult a specialist, Marshall began to feel outnumbered. Marshall said, “You young people, you believe you know everything,” in an effort to discourage the two from looking into this further. Determined Portia went a step further, arguing that rather than schizophrenia being the cause of his limitations, it was his idea that he had it that hindered him from living a more fulfilling life.
Marshall insisted that his reasons for not wanting to continue with this case were the only ones that he had. His voice breaking, he added, “This awful sickness shattered my life… compelled me to leave my family and miss out on my boys’ formative years… If I was misdiagnosed, all of my efforts would have been in vain.
Marshall continued by listing the family milestones that may have been missed as a result of a probable misdiagnosis, such as Tommy’s passing, TJ’s (Tajh Bellow) birth, and Curtis’ battle with addiction. Marshall cried out, “Have I wasted…please…my entire life or worse…was it taken from me?” Marshall was persuaded by Portia to be tested because Curtis had voiced worry that his father would still be taken away by schizophrenia. Then Curtis told his father that his history is something he can’t escape.
Robert Gossett had an intriguing face as he concluded his act in relation to this plot development. Is he refusing to take the exam for a deeper reason? Or is he likely to yield to Curtis and Portia’s pleadings? In either case, the brilliant Gossett will continue to deliver strong performances.
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