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"Heart of Glory" is the twentieth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast March 21, 1988. The story was created by Herbert Wright and D. C. Fontana, and was made into a script in two days by executive producer Maurice Hurley. The episode was directed by Rob Bowman. In this episode, the crew rescue three Klingon from a damaged freighter in the neutral zone. Once on board they befriend Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn) and attempt to hijack the Enterprise so they can live as true Klingons, forcing Worf to choose between them or Starfleet. The episode explained the backstory to the character of Lt. Worf, and Michael Dorn was pleased with the outcome. Bowman included an overhead shot on the engineering set which had not been done before on the show and tweaked the ending. Guest stars included Vaughn Armstrong as Korris in his first role in the franchise and only appearance in The Next Generation. He would go on to appear in a further eleven roles in the franchise, including the part of Admiral Maxwell Forrest in Star Trek: Enterprise. The episode was watched by 10.7 million viewers during the initial broadcast, and reviews by critics were mixed.