The shirtless fight in Vegas
Season 1, Episode 4
Jax and the rest of the SURvers were instant stars thanks to their excessive levels of #drama, even by reality show standards, and their relatability. They're not rich; they're just servers trying to make it in Los Angeles, wait staffers who seem to experience every human desire as though it's been cut, purified, and snorted like pasta (VPR code for cocaine) on a mirrored tabletop at midnight on a summer Thursday in Southern California.
And who among us has not gone to Vegas, gotten absolutely obliterated, and wound up shirtless in the parking lot of a mini-mall, running after the guy who's hooking up with an ex? What Jax showed early on is that he would bring the most crass, unfiltered version of male egotism to every encounter, likely with some shots to serve as the NOS booster on aggression. Even though Jax runs at Frank, he doesn't exactly "grip" or "hit" him, probably out of some kind of drunken logic that if he doesn't strike Frank, he can't get charged with assault or battery. Not sure why Tom Sandoval ended up shirtless, too, or really any of them, but it does look badass to rip your shirt off before attacking someone, so I guess I get it.