After successfully repairing Dark Kat's severed artery, Dr. McCoy did a complete sensor scan of the omega, and made a surprising discovery. Attached to the base of the criminal's brain was a very large tumor. With his expert skills, the Enterprise's chief medical officer removed the growth, and after examining it, he found that the tumor was riddled with radioactivity. Only thirty minutes later, to Dr. McCoy's astonishment, the Omega known as Dark Kat didn't look like a menacing creature anymore. Instead, what lay on the table was an absolutely normal looking kat with grey fur and brown hair. Coming out of unconsciousness, the patient sat slightly up, and muttered, "Wh-what happened? Where am I?"
"You, my friend, are on the starship Enterprise.." stated the human physician. "I 'm Dr. McCoy, I just repaired your severed artery and removed a nasty growth from the base of your brain. So I suggest very strongly, Dark Kat, that you lay back down, and get some sleep.."
"Dark Kat is dead doctor, thanks to you..." sighed the kat as he looked at his normal paws for the first time in such a long time. "Oh thank God, that monster no longer has control over me!"
At that moment, Kirk entered the lab, followed by the SWAT Kats, Commander Feral and Deputy Mayor Briggs. Looking at the kat on Dr. McCoy's table, Kirk asked, "Is that Dark Kat?"
"Was, Jim..." stated McCoy, "When I removed a tumor from his brain, he turned back into his normal self.."
"My real name is Thomas Curlson.." said the former omega, "I was a scientist at Pumadyne industries. Five years ago, there was a chemical explosion in one of the labs. I was knocked unconscious. When I woke up, I had turned into the horrible monster known as Dark Kat. It was as if some alien force had taken control of my mind! I tried to fight back, but it was no use, the force was too powerful!"
As the kat panted in fear, Dr. McCoy said, "Now, just relax, and try to calm down, there's nothing to fear, I took out the tumor, Dark Kat is not coming back, I swear! "
"Y-yes, I know, th-thank you..." said Tom, as he gladly accepted a glass of cold water from nurse Chapel, and sipped on it slowly. "It's just that these past five years have been an absolute nightmare.. I've wished so many times that the SWAT kats and Commander Feral would have just killed me!"
"You poor thing.." sighed Callie. "Commander Feral, do we have to take this unfortunate kat to trial? His mind wasn't his own when he did all of those things to Megakat City.."
"I'm sorry Miss Briggs, but the law is the law.." said the Commander. "Thomas Curlson, I'm placing you under house arrest until you completely recover. Afterwards, you will be transported to Megakat City for trial."
"I welcome it, sir.." nodded the kat, "And if I am found guilty, and sentenced to the rest of my nine lives to Alkatraz, then so be it. At least my mind will be free of the monster that made me do those terrible things."
"Er...what terrible things?", asked Kirk.
"I tried to blow up Megakat City with a nuclear device.." said Thomas, "Plus I tried to frame the SWAT Kats by stealing their jet, and I also kidnapped Miss Briggs here and Mayor Manx... among a few other things.."
"Don't you worry.." smiled the Deputy Mayor, patting him on the shoulder, "I have a feeling that a jury will be a lot kinder to you than the fate that awaits Mayor Manx.."
"The Mayor?" questioned the former omega, "What did HE do?!"
"You will find out soon enough Thomas.." smiled Commander Feral.
Sure enough, a week later, after the alien visitors were introduced to the public during a press conferance, and the whole situation about Mayor Manx ineptitude was brought to light, the katizens were furious. Fortunately, Mayor Manx did the right thing by getting his tail out of Megakat City and uncerimoniously retiring before the city voted him out. As for the SWAT Kats and Commander Feral, they were allies now against those who would want to cause trouble in Megakat city. Callie was the new Mayor, and M'ress humbly accepted her offer to be Deputy Mayor. Captain Kirk hated losing one of his officers, but who was he to stand in the way of the new life M'ress had with Jake? Chance and Callie were of course smitten with each other, but it was agreed that the SWAT Kats' identities remained a secret to the world. Only Miss Briggs, Feral, Felina and M'ress would know who they were under their masks, and it was all for the better. Captain Kirk and the rest of his crew took a two week shoreleave on the planet and on the last day of their visit, they watched as Thomas Curling, formerly the omega Dark Kat, was found not guity by reason of insanity. Relieved beyond belief, the kat asked Kirk a special favor.
"Captain, ever since I was just a kitten, I've dreamed of exploring space! That's why I eventually became a scientist, first at MASA, and then Pumadyne industries. Please, I want to see the galaxy, and travel with your crew to distant worlds!"
"The galaxy can be a very dangerous place at times, Thomas.." said the captain, "Are you sure you're up to it?"
"I've faced enough danger already here on Katrus, I know I can!" the kat grinned.
"Then unless Starfleet command thinks otherwise, I hereby make you a member of my crew, Thomas. You can replace M'ress, and take her position as Uhura's assistant. And I think it's about time that we take our leave, and begin that journey, Thomas. SWAT Kats, Commander Feral, it's been a pleasure.."
"It sure has, cap.." nodded Razor, shaking Kirk's hand. "Come back and visit us again sometime.."
"Well, I don't know if the Enterprise will return, but just so you know, a team of starfleet engineers will be arriving in your system next month to construct a starbase. Your world may not be advanced enough yet to join the Federation, but your supply of dilithium still needs protection."
"We really appeciate it Captain Kirk.." smiled Commander Feral. "Good journey to you and your crew..."
After beaming back to the ship, Kirk and his top officers took their places on the bridge including the Captain's newest crewmember, Lieutenant Thomas Curling. As the Starship Enterprise warped out of the Katran system, Spock said, "Captain, I still think it was very illogical for M'ress to resign from starfleet. She was an excellent officer, and her talents will be missed."
"She's in love with Jake, and I wish her the very best.." smiled Kirk. "Right doctor?"
"Right you are Jim.." stated McCoy. "Love conquers all, even though you will never be able to understand that Spock.."
"Doctor, please don't try to antagonize me about foolish emotions, I've had about enough illogic to deal with already.."
"Now listen here, you green-blooded, inhuman..."
"Gentlemen, please!" exclaimed Kirk. "We just saved Katkind from the Klingons, do I have to save you two from each other?"
"Er, do those two always argue with each other like that?" asked Lt. Curling.
"Constantly.." sighed the Captain, who then grinned from ear to ear, and said, "And I wouldn't have it any other way!"