Why O’Hara is basically absent from season 5 of Nurse Jackie
Interviewer: Without giving away any spoilers, I do want to ask: Where is Eve Best (Dr. Eleanor O’Hara)? She sat out most of the season.
Edie Falco: Well, it was her choice. She lives in England and she was terribly homesick. She missed being in the theater, she missed her family and for a lot of personal reasons she really needed to be home. Which was not unlike what happened with Liz (Brixius) and Linda (Wallem), our two showrunners, who are from L.A. Their families are there, and it’s giant chunks of time you’re being asked every year to spend away from home. I don’t know, I couldn’t do it. I guess nobody expects a show to run for a while. They’re like, “Oh, I’ll do a couple of years, it’ll be fine,” and we’re into year six, and they’re like, “You know what? I can’t.”