Backstreet Rookie is a 2020 South Korean Tv series starring Ji Kim Chang-woo. Based on the 2016-2017 Convenience Store Saet-byul website written by Hwalhwasan.
It is the first Korean drama financed by Lifetime global channel and produced by Taewon Entertainment. The series aired on SBS TV at 22:00 (KST) from June 19 to August 8, 2020, on Fridays and Saturdays for 16 episodes. It is available on iQIYI and Rakuten Viki with subtitles in multiple languages globally. Now, know about Backstreet Rookie Season 1.
Backstreet Rookie Season 1: Recap
“Backstreet Rookie Season 1.” Dae-Hyun suffers because his convenience store doesn’t make enough money and his family is unreliable to help him enough. After burning out of the business, he agrees to hire a part-time worker for the night shift. Saet-Byul sees the ad and applies for the job to get closer to him. Dae-Hyun remembers Saet-Byul as a delinquent and is ready to reject her, but relents after she brings in more customers. Not fully accepting her, he makes it clear that she is on probation until she proves her worth.
While Dae-Hyun tries to make his business a success, he wants to develop his relationship with Yeon-Joo; there was interference due to mistrust and uncertainty. Yeon-Joo comes from a rich family, while Dae-Hyun is just a shop manager; she is not ready to introduce him to her family. Jo Seung-Joon (Do Sang-Woo) is Yeon-Joo’s family friend and co-worker at the company. He always wanted Yeon-Joo, but she resisted his attempts at Dae-Hyun. The stability of their relationship will be tested after Yeon-Joo meets Saet-Byul.
Yeon-Joo had heard gossip about Dae-Hyun hiring a beautiful temp, but she wasn’t worried until they met. While on a date with Dae-Hyun, Yeon-Joo offends some delinquents and they intend to rob her until Saet-Byul defeats them. After seeing her beauty and Saet-Byul’s loving look at Dae-Hyun, Yeon-Joo sees Saet-Byul as a threat and wants her fired.
However, Saet-Byul’s girlfriends defend her actions as saving Yeon-Joo. Dae-Hyun realizes that Saet-Byul is not a troublemaker; convinces Yeon-Joo to let the matter go. However, Yeon-Joo’s insecurities and misunderstandings between them only grow stronger due to their proximity. Yeon-Joo talks to Saet-Byul privately and asks her to leave to save their relationship. Saet-Byul complies and tells Dae-Hyun that she is leaving for better financial opportunities.
At the most inopportune time, Saet-Byul and Eun-Byul became homeless due to a real estate scam. At this time, Eun-Byul also has a chance to become a pop star. Desperate to realize her dreams, she takes all of Saet-Byul’s money to pay a fake parent to get into a talent agency, leaving Saet-Byul penniless. He runs into Dae-Hyun’s mother, who invites Saet-Byul to stay with them.
When Saet-Byul realizes that something happened between Yeon-Joo and Seung-Joon, she warns Yeon-Joo that she will compete for Dae-Hyun if she doesn’t realize his worth. Yeon-Joo wants to patch things up with Dae-Hyun, but things go south after she learns that Saet-Byul is staying at Dae-Hyun’s house. When Yeon-Joo’s mother shames Dae-Hyun’s family for their poverty and lack of trust in their relationship, Yeon-Joo breaks up with Dae-Hyun.
Saet-Byul feels that she has made the Choi family uncomfortable enough and moves out, but she has trouble finding stable work and housing. Her friends can only give her temporary refuge due to critics who see her as a problem; Dae-Hyun’s mother convinces her to stay with them for now. Dae-Hyun rehires Saet-Byul and promotes her to store manager.
With Yeon-Joo no longer in the picture, Saet-Byul relishes the opportunity to bond with Dae-Hyun. As the two work to make the business profitable again, Dae-Hyun develops feelings for Saet-Byul. Seeing how she never finished her high school education, Dae-Hyun helps Saet-Byul study for her GED. Just as things are heating up between them, Yeon-Joo comes back into their lives.
Yeon-Joo finds out why Dae-Hyun left GS Corporate because Seung-Joon encouraged him to fall. She feels guilty and wants to make it up to Dae-Hyun, but he makes it clear that he’s moved on and doesn’t want to be involved with her. Determined to raise Dae-Hyun’s position, she arranges for Dae-Hyun to meet Chairman Jo. The plan works and the chairman wants to make Dae-Hyun a company advisor. Yeon-Joo informs Dae-Hyun of the good news, but Dae-Hyun doesn’t want to get involved in such matters anymore.
Meanwhile, Eun-Byul has debuted in the group Fancy Girls, but her career is in jeopardy. The same criminals who tried to rob Yeon-Joo take compromising photos of Eun-Byul; they demand she gives them money or risks the photo ruining her career. The delinquent trio intends to visit Saet-Byul at the store for money but gets scared when they see the police talking to her.
Believing that the law is looking for them, they decide to release all their footage to destroy Saet-Byul and Eun-Byul. News of the Jung sisters ignites through social media. A reporter investigating the matter is frustrated when someone drops a report in front of her; follows up on the news and confirms it.
Their reputation is now tarnished; Eun-Byul is forced to leave Fancy Girls and the locals fear Saet-Byul. Dae-Hyun believes in Saet-Byul and advises that facing the problem with honesty will fix everything. Inspired by Dae-Hyun’s words, Saet-Byul finds the delinquents on their lawn. She defeats the red-haired bully and takes her cell phone.
Saet-Byul gives the reporter the phone and asks her to clear the names of the people involved in the scandal. Saet-Byul meets Eun-Byul after she leaves Fancy Girls in shame. Despite the wild accusations, Dae-Hyun’s mother offers them refuge. The reporter finally reveals the truth, corrects all the misunderstandings, and Eun-Byul returns to the group.
Aware of the company’s job offer, Saet-Byul encourages Dae-Hyun to accept the new position. However, he collapses from exhaustion; Headquarters sends staff to help him run the store while he’s gone, but the new staff doesn’t get along with Saet-Byul because Yeon-Joo wants to get rid of her.
Dae-Hyun makes his feelings clear that he wants to be with Saet-Byul, but she wants to answer him once she gets her GED results. However, they can’t help but treat each other as boyfriend and girlfriend. Yeon-Joo senses a romantic development between the two of them and begins to form a better relationship with Dae-Hyun’s mother as a counterpoint.
Dae-Hyun’s mother pushes him to see a chance to get back together with Yeon-Joo; he just accepts Yeon-Joo’s apology and keeps things platonic. Saet-Byul, disappointed that he would have wasted such a chance, feels guilty that mother and son fought over the matter. Saet-Byul talks to Dae-Hyun’s mother, she is worried about Dae-Hyun’s future and wants her son to have a better life. Although Dae-Hyun tells Saet-Byul not to take things to heart, she quietly leaves the Choi family with a goodbye letter; he hopes that Dae-Hyun will have a better future with Yeon-Joo.
Devastated by Saet-Byul’s departure, Dae-Hyun desperately searches for her. With the help of his friend, Dae-Hyun finds Saet-Byul working on a farm on the outskirts of town. Rather than pressure her to come back, Dae-Hyun says he’ll wait for her to come back. Dae-Hyun reported this to his parents, who left Saet-Byul. Confused at first, Dae-Hyun’s mother realizes that her words pushed her away. Dae-Hyun has a private dinner with Yeon-Joo; he intends to resign and return to the store.
He also makes it clear that he won’t take Yeon-Joo back; this prompts her to resign from GS25 and take a job in the US for a fresh start. Saet-Byul returns to Sinseong-dong and learns that she has passed the GED exam and that Dae-Hyun has resigned. On the first day at the store, Dae-Hyun is hiring and Saet-Byul comes to apply. Saet-Byul later answers his question (from his earlier confession) “yes” to being together. The story ends with Dae-Hyun’s friend declaring that he will turn their story into a webcomic called Backstreet Rookie, and the two finally kiss. “Backstreet Rookie Season 1.”
Backstreet Rookie Season 1 Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End of The Season?
“Backstreet Rookie Season 1.”The last episode opens with Dae-Hyuk having a bad dream about Saet-Byul rejecting him and leaving with another man whom she revealed to be her lover. But he was surprised to find that the man was him. The two men argue about the fake one and Saet intervenes and reveals that the other Dae is the fake one. Saet decided to leave with the other one, but before they left the store, Dae told her not to. Later, Dae wakes up and wonders why he had the dream. In the morning, Dae visits Saet and finds that he is not here, leaving him a message.
Dae reads the message and learns that Saet has his dream job. Her message disturbed him and he called her, but Saet did not pick up the call. Meanwhile, Saet appears in the village and talks to the owner about the flowers. Dae met the police and ask them about the guy who followed Saet.
But the police refuse to help Dae, who calls his friends and others to tell them about Saet’s disappearance. Later, Dae joined in on the happy moment he had with Saet after seeing the new manager. Saet manages to get her money back and this is about Dae as she eats dinner, but Dae also does the same.
Dal Sik spotted Saet Byul driving the car and told his father to stop the car. The two decided to follow her, realizing that if Dae was there, he would create drama. But Dae is on his way looking for Saet. Later, Dae arrives at the kindergarten and meets Saet, who wonders how he found her.
The bullies and brothers arrive and fight with Dae who is knocked out. The two reconnect and return home, but Dae tells her that he won’t force her into a relationship. Saet apologizes to Dae’s parents for leaving the house and later kisses Dae. Dae’s mother won an award and his father threw a party. “Backstreet Rookie Season 1.’