During outings with Cruise on Tuesday and Wednesday, Suri sported the same orange dress and did the same defensive move of trying to hide her face from the photographic onslaught.
And before the cries of "leave this family alone" begin, try to keep in mind that after two decades in the public eye, Tom knows how to spend quality time with his kid out of the spotlight (after all, he managed to keep Suri completely under wraps for the first five months of her life).
But with his estranged missus winning the PR war with near-daily jaunts with Suri in recent weeks, damage control apparently must be done.
Another image-burnishing move: People's sympathetic "Tom's Shattered World" cover story, in which he's described as "sad" but not "bitter" over his "private pain."
"He didn't see huge cracks until it was too late," says a source. "He really thought he had the perfect thing going."
Speaking of the perfect thing, rumblings have already begun about Tom's future squeeze. Click on for more …