hahaha. Gotta admit, it took me a second to remember that.Are you sure your blankie isn't caught in there?
The mechanism works to open the hatch, so it's not locked shut. If I lock it, though, it's near impossible to unlock it.I had this same issue with the 2001 I just got. I managed to get the back hatch open, took off the plastic panel so I could get to the back side of the locking assembly. There is a plastic retainer clip on a threaded rod. I used a small screw driver to get the plastic retainer open, moved it down (away from the end of the rod) and clamped it back on. Now the back hatch opens and my power locks all started working.
If you cant get the rear hatch open, you might be able to get the plastic panel off from inside while it is closed.
The plastic piece in the orange square looks broken on the top near the spring. I didn't know if there was a part that was important that broke off.I don't see anything broken. I see a lack of lubricant. Lube it well with white lithium grease. Available in a spray can from your local friendly parts store.
The gate opens and closes, it just doesn't lock/unlock. I did take the panel off anyways because I have to replace all the little christmas trees.you can take the interior plastic off the gate with it closed. then access the gate mechanics to open it. Mine actually broke and couldn't be opened from the outside no matter what you did