What is wrong if the only way to unlock the driverside door of a 1998 Acura Integra is to pull slightly on the inside and outside door handles?

It sounds to me like the rods traveling from the inside handle to the outside handle (which , by the way , are designed to operate in their own "channel" one behind the other) are crossed where their paths meet.Try moving the rod "behind" the other to the front of the pair.