Carolyn Barek

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Det. Carolyn Barek
Law & Order character
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Annabella Sciorra as Carolyn Barek
First appearance "Diamond Dogs"
Last appearance "The Good"
Portrayed by Annabella Sciorra
Time on show 2005—2006
Seasons 1 (Season 5)
Credited appearances 12 episodes
Succeeded by Megan Wheeler
Title NYPD Detective
Family Father
2 brothers
1 sister
Partner Mike Logan

Det. Carolyn Barek is a fictional character on the NBC-USA Network series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, played by Annabella Sciorra. Barek is partnered with Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth) throughout the fifth season of the show. Annabella Sciorra abruptly departs the cast at the end of the season and is written out in the sixth season.


Carolyn Barek is a criminal profiler from Brooklyn's Cobble Hill, Barek spent two years post-9/11 with the FBI. In addition to English, she also speaks Polish, Spanish, Italian, Creole, Russian, Cantonese, and Yiddish. Barek's badge number is 6141.[1]

Barek previously worked without a partner, which accounts for her habit of talking to herself while examining a crime scene.[1] She hints that her mother was strict; when a girl who abuses heroin dresses in front of her and Logan in the hospital, she tells Logan her mother would have killed her if she dressed or undressed in front of complete strangers.[1] Barek is Catholic and, in contrast to Logan, she believes that even the worst sinner deserves forgiveness. Barek's father was a carpenter who was in a union. Barek admits to having a former boyfriend with a gambling problem, and spent two years trying to help him before ending the relationship.[2]

She and Logan do not always see eye to eye, but she supports him when he needs it. For example, she publicly backs him when he accidentally shoots an undercover cop.[3] She also notices when he falls ill, and takes him to a healer; the healer reveals that Logan came into contact with poison ivy, which he is allergic to, and inadvertently helps them solve the case.[4]

Barek does not appear on the show after the end of the fifth season. She was replaced by Megan Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson). No reason for her apparent departure is stated by the show, but in the sixth season, it is hinted that she and Logan did not part on good terms: When the new captain, Danny Ross (Eric Bogosian) sarcastically mentions to Logan that he can get Barek back if Wheeler does not work out, Logan responds by rolling his eyes and grimacing.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Diamond Dogs". Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Season 5. Episode 2. October 2, 2005. NBC. 
  2. ^ "Wasichu". Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Season 5. Episode 14. March 14, 2006. NBC. 
  3. ^ "To The Bone". Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Season 5. Episode 20. May 7, 2006. NBC. 
  4. ^ "The Healer". Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Season 5. Episode 18. April 23, 2006. NBC. 
  5. ^ "Tru Love". Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Season 6. Episode 2. September 26, 2006. NBC. 

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