...so I went outside and decided to figure out why the left rear door on my Cressida Wagon wouldn't open from the outside. 15 minutes later with a screwdriver and I had the door panel off and found this:
Turns out this little plastic clippy thing had broken and couldn't hold the rod in the handle anymore.
So I took it off, put a zip-tie on the end of the rod, and now the door opens from the outside. Aww yiss.