- “This was a good breakfast, Beth. You really made the crap out of those eggs. I wish your mother was here to eat them.”
- —Rick referring to his wife.[src]
|Status:||Unknown (presumed deceased)|
|Place of origin:||Earth (Unknown Dimension)|
|Family:||Rick Sanchez (ex-husband)|
Beth Smith (daughter)
|First seen in:||The Rickshank Rickdemption|
Diane Sanchez is the ex-wife of Rick Sanchez, the mother of Beth, the mother-in-law of Jerry Smith and the maternal grandmother of Summer and Morty Smith. Her real name is was revealed in the Season 3 Premiere, with this being her first appearance on the show. She is the woman whom Rick left before he moved back in with his daughter twenty years later. She has only been brought up few times, by Rick and Beth only, and very little is known about her. It is unclear if she is alive, because in Season 3, Episode 1, Rick says he completely fabricated his origin story. It is quite possible that she is not even the true wife of Rick Sanchez, or even real, considering Rick stated his origin story was completely fabricated.
In the pilot episode, the first mention of Mrs. Sanchez happens, when Rick says "This was a good breakfast, Beth. You really made the crap out of those eggs. I wish your mother was here to eat them." This comment was so nice, it brought a tear to Beth's eye.
In Rick Potion #9 Beth reveals that Rick left his wife, as well as Rick saying that "Love is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed" before mentioning that he was also part of a failing marriage, much like his daughter and son-in-law. He then encourages Morty to break the cycle and focus on science.
In Auto Erotic Assimilation, Beth tells Rick that "I can't sacrifice this whole family's safety just because I'm afraid you'll leave again," noting that in saying this she sounds like her mother. This seems to indicate that Rick left his wife because he placed the importance of his experiments over the safety of his family. It's possible that she is still alive but doesn't come around much and it's still possible she might make an appearance in the show.
In The Rickshank Rickdemption Rick says "You can alter anything you want about a totally fabricated origin story." referring to Rick's fake origin story that included Diane, making it possible that Diane is completely made up.
She appears very similar to Annie; both having light, blonde hair and freckles, meaning they are possibly related. However, it could also be that Rick used Annie's look and changed it slightly in order to fabricate a wife for his false memory.
One daughter of hers was shown in the origin story.