Well, that's it. The XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver are officially over, and they went out with an eclectic/eccentric bang, courtesy the closing ceremony. Inside, video and screengrabs of the ceremony's newsworthy moments, along with your open thread discussion!

8:45 PM ET:

The closing ceremonies for the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver kicked off moments ago with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the rod that wouldn't rise two weeks earlier. Canadians have a sense of humor! Inside, video and your open thread.

Please feel free to discuss all of the action in the comments with your fellow viewers. And, if you missed it earlier, click here to see our wrap-up of the more unfortunate moments of the games (try to have a sense of humor about it).

Have fun!

8:55 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Noelle Barahona carries the Chilean flag as part of the closing ceremonies. Her country was rocked yesterday morning by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake.

8:58 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Evan Lysacek! He doesn't look as orange as usual... perhaps Snooki can quickly fly out and assist?

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

And the Canadian delegation!

9:25 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

John Goodman sure can sing...

9:40 PM ET:

Today, in How Many Times Can Bob Costas Say "Greek" in 25 Seconds?

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

This is weird. And kind of scary, too, for some reason.

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

What is going on? And what are those squishy ball things? And what does that have to do with Russia? And what does Russia have to do with Canada (besides the fact that Sarah Palin can see both from her house)? So many questions.

9:45 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

As if this part wasn't weird enough, some crew member decided to walk into the frame.

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Hey, look! It's Evgeni Plushenko, the men's figure skating ~*~PLATINUM~*~ medal winner!

9:50 PM ET:

Today, in This is Why We Are Afraid of Vladmir Putin

9:55 PM ET:

Why does he sound like he just took a bottle of Xanax? And why do they boo after he announces that the games are closing? Were they not expecting this, or something? *Shaking Mah Head*

10:00 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Neil Young gets to play Conan's final Tonight Show, and now he's closing the Olympics? Hot commodity, indeed.

10:05 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Somebody's excited.

10:10 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Shatner! (Video soon.)

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

And Catherine O'Hara! (Video of her weird introduction coming soon.)

10:15 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Michael J. Fox in da houuuse.

10:20 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

I thought this Mountie might have been Stephen Colbert. It wasn't. But who the HELL was it?

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

OMG, Michael Bublé!

10:25 PM ET:

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Weird.

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Weirder.

Newsworthy Moments and Discussion from the XXI Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Weirdest?

10:30 PM ET:

Here's Shatner's spiel, which Bob Costas described as "non-IOC approved."

Here's Catherine O'Hara's... interesting, curling-themed introduction.

And here's how the XXI Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver came to an end—abruptly! Poor Costas didn't even get to say goodbye before it cut to a Leno promo. :(

[NBC]