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What happened last night on "How To Get Away With Murder"? Before we get to our list of the Top 5 legal inaccuracies in Episode 5, "We're Not Friends," here's a super-concise, tweetable recap:

#HTGAWM in 140 Characters: Son kills DV cop dad. Jury selection, then tampering, then nullification. Annalise confronts husband; did he kill Lila? The wallpaper!

As with many courtroom procedurals, this episode gets some of those procedures wrong:

NBCUniversal has agreed to settle claims brought by former interns who claimed they were required to work without pay on shows such as "Saturday Night Live" in violation of labor laws.

If approved, the $6.4 million settlement will pay the lead plaintiff, former "Saturday Night Live" intern Monet Eliastam, $10,000, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Thousands of other former NBC interns covered by the settlement will be paid an estimated $505 if they decide to opt for the settlement instead of pursuing their own claims against the company.

What led up to the settlement?

The Springfield Mafia has found itself at the center of a lot of questionable enterprises: Murdering Principal Skinner (though it turns out he was just trapped in his garage under a pile of newspapers for a week), forcibly ousting Marge's competition when she opened a pretzel business, and selling rat milk to Springfield Elementary.

Now, though, "Louie," one of the henchmen -- excuse me, members -- of Springfield's Legitimate Businessman's Social Club, is at the center of a real-world legal battle that has little to do with the perfect Manhattan.

The latest twist in pop singer Kesha's ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke (aka Lukasz Gottwald) -- stemming from the singer's accusations that the prominent producer sexually and physically abused her -- is a lawsuit filed by Dr. Luke claiming that Kesha's lawsuit is an attempt to extort him and get out of her contract.

In any civil lawsuit, the defendant must be notified by service of process, which lets the defendant know where and by whom he or she has been sued and the time limit in which the defendant must respond. In this case, the person tasked with serving Kesha with notice of Dr. Luke's lawsuit got a bit creative, posting the notice to the door of Kesha's Los Angeles home using a rainbow sticker label from a package of organic chicken, TMZ reports.

While it's a nice touch, is this stickered notice legally sufficient as service of process?

With Alicia's painstaking back-and-forth regarding whether or not to run for state's attorney finally decided, "Shiny Objects" should feel like a payoff episode.

Unfortunately, the episode spends much of its time dabbling in uncharacteristically low-grade courtroom drama before being rescued by some last-minute fireworks courtesy of Juliana Margulies' Alicia and her estranged husband Peter, played by Chris Noth.

There are plenty of lies that fly back and forth between the characters on ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder," but sometimes the legal lies get overshadowed by the deceitful ones.

Episode 4 focused on a more white-collar criminal issue -- insider trading -- but much of the legal facts were swapped out for plot-convenient lies. Plainly put, "Let's Get Scooping" was trading in legal B.S. for much of the episode.

But which five of the legal lies from this "HTGAWM" episode were the most glaring? Here are our picks -- but first, our episode recap in 140 characters or less:

Joe Giudice, who you may know as Teresa Giudice's husband from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," took a plea deal on Wednesday and may face deportation for yet another fraud case.

Joe would hate to one-up his wife in the criminal department, but it turns out he had a charge for driver's license fraud pending while the two were dealing with charges for mortgage fraud. TMZ reports that Joe was initially threatened with a 10-year prison sentence for the driver's license fraud, but he copped a plea to serve an 18-month sentence concurrently with his 41 months in prison on other charges.

He may not be receiving any additional prison time, but what could Joe's plea mean for his potential deportation?

Uma Thurman's former fiance Arpad Busson has filed suit for custody of the couple's 2-year old daughter.

Busson, a French financier, and Thurman, an actress known for her roles in "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill," called off their wedding in April, reports the New York Daily News. Now Busson has filed papers in a New York court seeking custody of the couple's daughter Rosalind.

Although the records in this case are sealed, how is child custody between unmarried parents generally determined?

A former intern with "The Wendy Williams Show" is suing the production company Lionsgate over the fact that he and others should have been paid for their work.

Anthony Tart, in a potential class action filed in federal court, claims that he spent his unpaid internship doing menial tasks like washing dishes and taking out the trash. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tart's proposed class action would encompass only those "former and current interns" on Wendy Williams' show, which he estimates at about 100 interns.

Will Tart succeed in getting Lionsgate to pay up?

"The Good Wife" is now in its sixth season, so it wouldn't have been surprising if it had taken its latest episode "Oppo Research" as a chance for a clip show.

But not so. Instead we are treated to a slightly new way to retread old paths, old characters, and old relationships. Too bad the law had very little to do with it.