Rob Placek (born 1989) is a college student from Alliance, Nebraska. He appeared as a contestant on the 10th Anniversary Primetime Celebration and won $25,000.


Fastest Finger QuestionEdit

Fastest Finger Question
Put these "As-Seen-On-TV" products in the order they were introduced, starting with the earliest.
• A: Ginsu Knives • B: George Foreman Grill
• C: ThighMasster • D: Snuggie
4 of the remaining 9 contestants put them in the correct order: A-C-B-D, but Rob Placek did it in the fastest time: exactly 5 seconds.

Rob's Run to the MillionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: NASA
Honoring the agency's 50th anniversary in 2008, Stephen Hawking noted that NASA has achieved major advances in what?
• A: Sports • B: Science
• C: Fashion • D: Pocket protectors

$200 (2 of 15) - 15 econds
Category: Books for Bozos
"Burgers and Sausages and Hot Dogs - Oh My!" is the title of a chapter in which of these "For Dummies" instructional books?
• A: Bookkeeping For Dummies • B: Knitting For Dummies
• C: Gardening For Dummies • D: Grilling For Dummies

$300 (3 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: Meet and Greet
If someone slangily asks you to "pound it," what type of greeting should you give them?
• A: Double kiss • B: Bear hug
• C: Fist bump • D: Nose rub

$500 (4 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: By George!
George Lucas has said that his dog Indiana was the inspiration for the name of the main character in what popular movie?
• A: Raiders of the Lost Ark • B: Die Hard
• C: The Terminator • D: The Matrix

$1,000 (5 of 15) - 15 seconds
Category: Fun with Math
What is the punch line to the matk joe that asks, "What does trigonometry have in common with a beach?"
• A: Sec ants • B: Co sines
• C: Tan gents • D: Asymp totes

Between the 5th and 6th questions, Regis talked with past million dollar winners Robert "Bob-O" Essig, Joe Trela, and Ed Toutant, who were in the audience.

$2,000 (6 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Famous Names
Which of these idioms features the last names of an Oscar-winning actress and actor?
• A: Beck and call • B: Hunt and peck
• C: Rise and shine • D: Short and sweet

$4,000 (7 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Ballers
Billed as "Disneyland vs. DisneyWorld," what two teams competed in the 2009 NBA finals?
• A: The Rockets and the Knicks • B: The Spurs and the Celtics
• C: The Lakers and the Magic • D: The Mavericks and the Heat

$8,000 (8 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Natural Habitats
By definition, where does an abyssopelagic animal live?
• A: In the desert • B: On top of a mountain
• C: Inside a tree • D: At the bottom of the sea

$16,000 (9 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: It's Your Birthday
All of the following hip-hop artists are turning forty in 2009, except for whom, who turned fifty?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: Jay-Z - 2% • B: Ice Cube - 21%
• C: Flavor Flav - 66% • D: P. Diddy - 11%
Rob did not know, so he asked the audience, and the majority went for C: Flavor Flav. Rob went with them and got it right.

There was a commercial break between the 9th and 10th questions. After the break, Regis mentions that the show had over 3,000 contestants and Rob is the shows 3,264th.

$25,000 (10 of 15) - 30 seconds
Category: Tech Toys
The new iPhone 3G S boasts a touchscreen with an "oleophobic coating" which is specifically designed to do what?
"Phone-A-Friend" lifeline used.
• A: Never scratch • B: Not show fingerprints
• C: Display brighter colors • D: Reduce glare
Rob decided to call his friend, Geoff from Omaha, Nebraska. He asked him what oleophobic means, and he said it means resistant to oil. With that information, Rob went for B, and that was correct.

$50,000 (11 of 15) - 45 seconds
Category: First Dates
On their first official date in 1989, Barack Obama and his future wife Michelle went to see what movie?
"Double Dip" lifeline used.
• A: Driving Miss Daisy • B: Glory
• C: When Harry Met Sally • D: Do The Right Thing
Rob used his Double Dip on this question and made C his first guess, which was incorrect. He then went with A, but that too was wrong. The correct answer was D: Do the Right Thing.

The categories for Rob's remaining questions would have been "Beautiful Couples," "United Nations," "Colonial Cutie," and "Tommy Boy", and had "Ask the Expert" lifeline intact.

Preceded by
Brad Abbey
U.S. Contestant (10th Anniversary Special)
Rob Placek
Succeeded by
Gary Cousins

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